A friend of mine was recently laid up with a bleeding stomach ulcer. His doctors told him to stop taking ibuprofen for his shoulder problems. They are convinced that ibuprofen caused the ulcer. After he told me what he went thru and what the symptoms were, I found that I was having similar symptoms. The symptom that really bothered me was in my chest. I felt like my chest was gonna explode (no heart problems) at times . I stopped taking all pain killers about two months ago and all the symptoms are gone, especially the exploding chest (I don't know how else to explain it) thing.
I almost died from a bleeding stomach ulcer in '83 that was caused by a doctor telling me to take Excedrin for a facial pain that I had and drinking a half gallon of orange juice a day. So, I was pretty worried.
Since I stopped the ibuprofen I've found out what the facial pain that I've been battling for about 40 years or so was. I had to do this myself, doctors did me no good at all. I actually used the same troubleshooting methods I had used in my job and taught at a local college. Arrived at a conclusion and I was right. The pain that has practically driven me crazy is gone. It was caused by over the counter nasal congestion sprays and unneeded allergy medications. Started using a nasal saline spray and got a week's worth of antibiotics from my doctor and ear pain drops. Pains gone, my doctor's worried about getting sued for malpractice (ain't gonna happen, I like the guy) and I'm happy.
If there's a moral to this story it's that stuffing things up your nose and taking unnecessary medications isn't good for you.