Naproxen vs. Diclofenac Sodium

For a long while I’ve been taking Diclofenac Sodium to reduce the inflammation caused by Ankylosing spondylitis. During my most recent travels over the last two years I’ve been buying them ‘over the counter’. My last purchase was in Riga, Latvia and a 90 day supply.
A few days ago I noticed that my supply was running low, so I walked up to the medical centre on Seaside Lane in Easington, for an emergency prescription.
After a 45 minute wait I got to see a doctor. It was then that the ‘bomb shell’ was dropped. The NHS was phasing out Diclofenac Sodium because of its link to heart disease. Yikes!
So, instead of Diclofenac Sodium I was given a prescription for Naproxen.
Time will tell if Naproxen works for me. That said, I’m registering with the doctors surgery and getting a referral to a rheumatologist. Hopefully I can set up a good, and practical, regime to manage my Ankylosing spondylitis.