I remember on my first hike of the PCT(Pacific Crest Trail) having to buy 5 little bottles of ibuprofen just to finish the last 90 miles.
On my last day on the Appalachian Trail, I got up early, swallowed every last pain reliever I had, and said, “That’s enough to get me up Katahdin; I don’t know about back down but I’ll make it up.”
No one should take as many pain relievers as I did. It’s a wonder I didn’t end up dead. In later hikes I felt I could use less ibuprofen by taking it prophetically in the morning before the pain started.
This article, “Does Ibuprofen Help or Hurt During Exercise?”, says taking ibuprofen before and during exercise could have a detrimental effect on your health and performance.
Good thing I don’t need pain relievers anymore. My last two thru-hikes of the PCT, I hardly used any pain relievers. I attribute this miracle to taking Acetyl L-Carnitine HCl & Alpha Lipoic Acid.
I started taking it to improve brain function. Old mice given Acetyl L-Carnitine HCl & Alpha Lipoic Acid were able to to run a maze as fast a young mice. The scientist said this pointed to an increase in mental function.
Maybe the reason the old mice could run the maze as fast as the young ones is the supplement stopped their knees from hurting….that’s what it did for me.
Related post: The Cure for Sore Knees (I think)