I agree, and I am really surprised that I allowed this to go so far, without thinking about it.
Part of the problem is with regard to how doctors handle it... mine was totally fine with me taking an NSAID longterm. And, I could get in the Zone, but it was just way to easy for me to become sidetracked, and was never able to really figure out why that was happening. I am already noticing the difference. I am actually not experiencing the heel pain that I was having for the past 2 years, and the knee pain that is more chronic is really no worse.
I do have an upcoming surgical procedure, though, which will probably sideline me again for a bit, but since Ibuprofen is one of the more mild NSAIDs, I will probably just use that for the short-term.