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Pain Medications and Exercise

What You Need to Know to Have a Safe and Pain-Free Workout

All medications have side effects, some more significant than others.  It's important to take all medications as directed, and keep your doctor informed if you're experiencing any negative effects.  Keep in mind that individuals taking the same medication may have very different responses to it. 

Exercise itself can be a good tool for pain management. When you exercise, the body produces endorphins which are natural chemicals that inhibit pain signals to the brain. It's important to work closely with your doctor to create a progressive exercise program that helps deal with the pain instead of leaving you feeling worse because you pushed yourself too hard.  When you do have to take medication to relieve pain symptoms, have a good understanding how it works and how it can affect your body. Your local pharmacist can be a great resource if you have questions about your medications. 
This article has been reviewed and approved by Nicole Nichols, certified personal trainer.

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Jen received her master's degree in health promotion and education from the University of Cincinnati. A mom and avid marathon runner, she is an ACE-certified personal trainer, health coach, medical exercise specialist and behavior change specialist. See all of Jen's articles.

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