Ibuprofen and Sin

By Patrick Hawthorne

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I am, at the time of writing this post, two months and one week post-surgery for a torn rotator cuff.  For anyone who has experienced a shoulder surgery, you will definitely identify with what I am about to write.

It was the second full day following surgery when the pain hit.  It was so intense that I was struggling to hold back the tears.  I had learned, to my dismay, that narcotic type pain killers do nothing for me.  When I say nothing, I mean that they do not make me sleepy, dopey, sick, or anything else.  Well, I guess that is not quite true.  They make me hungry and slightly unsteady on my feet but do not really touch the pain.

As I sat upright on the bed, clutching my arm and rocking back and forth, my wife, in desperation to help me, brought me an 800mg ibuprofen.  Within hours the pain began to subside to a point where it was nothing more than a tolerable ache.   The next morning, I was feeling about as good as a person could feel following surgery.  I continued my ibuprofen regimen faithfully and got to the point where I shoved all other pain pills to the side.  It was me and my good buddy ibuprofen.

Ibuprofen accompanied me everywhere I went.  It was such a good friend to me that I was able to return to light duty work ten days following the surgery.  Ibuprofen went with me to physical therapy and to church; to restaurants and on little road trips.  Ibuprofen was my pal…until…

A couple of days ago, at the time of the writing of this post, I was playing around with an automated blood pressure monitor and decided to take my blood pressure.  To my horror, my pressure had jumped to a level that, for me, was extremely high.  After praying about it, I felt led to look into the side effects of ibuprofen.  To my discovery, ibuprofen in large quantities can cause the kidney’s – among other things – to work overtime, thereby causing the blood pressure to rise.  My friend, I learned, had just become my enemy.

Immediately I said “adios,” to ibuprofen and began to flush my kidneys with copious amounts of water.  It took three days but eventually my blood pressure returned to normal.  What else returned was a low steady dull ache from a surgically repaired rotator cuff.  But, that is alright.  I know that it is well on its way to full recovery.

So, what is the relationship of ibuprofen to sin?  That is simple.  Sin, like the ibuprofen (for me,) brings joy for a season.  What we don’t realize, while in the midst of our sins, is that it is silently killing us.  As the Proverbs says, sin appears beautiful for the moment but hides behind its beauty a veil of death and destruction (Proverbs 9:13-18).

It may be difficult, but we have to treat sin as the killer that it is.  We must cut it off at its source.  Yes, there may be a bit of pain involved but that is alright.  With the pain comes the knowledge that we are well on our way to a full recovery.  Be blessed.

Disclaimer:  I am not a medical doctor and am not advising anyone to get off ibuprofen if your doctor has prescribed it to you.  Medications react with different people in different ways.  Talk to your doctor before deciding to change any medications.

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15 comments on “Ibuprofen and Sin
  1. Patrick ~ I can relate!! I’ve had both rotator cuffs repaired and both knees replaced in the last few years. For me, one script of narcotics per surgery was all it took to get me over the hump. Fortunately, I felt no side effects except pain relief. Before the surgeries, I was taking the maximum dosage of acetaminophen daily. Within two months of the last surgery, I was even off of that. Having gone through the withdrawal process of more stronger medication, I refuse to ever take that stuff again.

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  2. So true…the enemy is the master of deception. I pray your recovery goes well. Thank you for sharing.


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  3. Jules says:

    Great analogy! I was a teeny bit concerned by the title as I had just taken some Ibuprofen…
    We avoid pain and painful situations rightly sometimes – that’s sensible and healthy. But there’s a pain we need to face and let work as we deal with sin and sinful situations.

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  4. Wally Fry says:

    That was an awesome illustration


  5. How did I miss this lovely post? I too have no luck with opiates at all, so ibuprofen it is,but very moderately because it will spike my blood pressure. Once the dentist gave me a cocktail of ibuprofen and tylenol. Woah. I had no idea that if you mixed them, they could be so powerful. Not sure you really should mix them either, but since I was dying anyway…..

    I think you made a couple other really good points about sin. The standards can be different for different people. And sin is not always about the actual thing, but rather your response to it. Ibuprofen can be great for a day or two, not so good long term.

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  6. Mel Wild says:

    Great analogy, Patrick. And you are actually blessed to have such a reaction. One of the traits of addictive people is a high tolerance for what they’re addicted to. They keep going deeper because their body can “handle it.” For instance, an alcoholic can function with a high level of alcohol in their bloodstream, etc. Thank God when we can’t handle it!
    But that says a lot about our sin tolerance and addictive nature, too.

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  7. Hmmmmm…Tylenol and ibuprofen cocktail. My wife says it’s common as a pain killer. I can handle most any pain other than dental so I would say, load me up..


  8. SLIMJIM says:

    A very good illustration Patrick.


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