Posted: 26/04/2012 at 09:27
As a GP who also runs marathons and the odd ultra hopefully I am in a good position to answer. NSAIDs are not a good idea during any long distance event, and especially with ultras, for 3 days after. During endurance events the kidneys are working harder than usual to get rid of waste materials whilst conserving water; also most people are moderatly dehydrated at then end. NSAIDs can damage the kidneys and this is more likely if they are a bit knackered anyway. NSAIDS can also cause inflammation in the stomach especially if not taken with food. Paracetamol is safe. I know nothing about the pain relieveing properties of root ginger but I cannot see it being harmful.