I shall give you some alternatives...
Gastritis, ulcer and acid reflux
are the two most common GI side effects of NSAID pain killer drugs like ibuprofen and naproxen. The alternatives you suggested (Duexis or vimova) contains H2 antagonist
and proton pump
inhibitors (PPI) respectively; these agents lowers stomach acid secretions thereby preventing/controlling acid peptic disease
and acid reflux. Therefore to answer your question, yes its worthwhile to used PPI + pain killer combination.
However in my patients I prefer to use the two ingredients separately. Both PPI and H2 antagonist drugs are better absorbed in a fasting state. Therefore I suggest my patients to use it an hour before food. Pain killers can be used half an hour after food. Moreover one of PPI agent (omeprazole) is available over the counter as Prilosec OTC and less expensive; you may try it before switching to other agents.
I also suggest patients with arthritis to try physiotherapy
and physical exercise after discussing with your treating doctor. It will be an add on treatment to pain killers.
Hope this helps you XXXXXXX Let me know if you need clarifications.