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I have been running few years now and over the past year

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I have been running for a few years now and over the past year have been training for an ultra event (Sat June 18th). Last Sunday I did a long, hilly cycle to break up the running and have since had a posterior knee pain extending into the back of the calf with pain mainly when bending the calf fully up to my backside. Not sure whether this could be Gastrocnemius Tendinopathy?
I'm reluctant to pull out of the event and don't have any pain when running (ran once since on Friday) but is there after. I've been taking 1 aspirin for the last week to help avoid calf cramp but am wondering what/if I should/could take any other pain relief or anti inflammatory leading up to and during the run? There seems to be lots of conflicting opinion out there!
Other meds I take is Clenil Modulite 100mg (2 puffs each morning) for exercise induced asthma (never had an episode). I only take this during winter and early summer.
Any advise greatly appreciated!
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Pharmacy
Expert:  Dr. Riaz replied 4 months ago.
Hi Paul,
Instead of Aspirin , consider Acetaminophen 1000 mg along with Ibuprofen 400mg about 30-40 min prior to running. May repeat every every 6 hours as needed. Rest assured, pain and inflammation will be gone. Let me know if have other questions, if done, please be sure to rate my answer. Take care.
Expert:  Dr. Riaz replied 4 months ago.
Another good option is to take Naproxen GR (UK name) for muscle and bone disorders and painful periods Initially 500mg as a single dose then 250mg every 6-8 hours as necessary. Up to a maximum of 1250mg a day may be given after the first day.
OR continue taking Asiprin as long as it works without causing much side effects such as stomach cramps, diarrhea, etc.
Expert:  Dr. Riaz replied 4 months ago.
As long as you keep your inhaler handy and use it as needed, any of these medications as short term will be fine.
Expert:  Dr. Riaz replied 4 months ago.
BTW, Acetaminophen (USA) is the same as PARACETAMOL (UK). Please continue to ask any questions you might still have. If fully satisfied, then please kindly rate my answer  :)
Expert:  Dr. Riaz replied 4 months ago.
Checking back to ensure you have no other questions. If no further questions, then please rate my answer. Take care.

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