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   Posted 4/10/2008 1:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all,
I have OS of the upper and lower spine, diagnosed through MRI in 2005.  My back gets pretty tense at work and I'm constantly stretching to try and relieve the pain.  By the way, I work 3 days a week 7 hours each day and we don't get a break to sit down.
I have taken Ibuprofen which helps a little but if taken too often can make the stomach bleed, which of course scares me.  I've thought about going to the dr. and asking for pain medicine but I hear of so many people getting addicted to them and again, that scares me.  Are there any pain meds that aren't addictive?  Hubby says to just follow the directions and I'll be fine.  Do pain meds really work that well to where you have no pain?  I hate taking medicine but am tired of hurting all the time. Ugh!

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   Posted 4/10/2008 3:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you tried Naproxen (Aleve)? It's another NSAID like ibuprofen, but sometimes one will help more than the other. Take your NSAIDs with food to help protect your stomach. Most people who take them as directed never have a problem.

You can also take acetamenophen (Tylenol) along with the NSAID, if you have no liver problems. Sometimes taking the NSAID, then the Tylenol an hour or two later will help. On the days you work, don't wait until you start hurting. It's easier to prevent pain than it is to get rid of it once it starts.

The problem with narcotic medications is that not only are they addictive, but you keep having to take higher and higher doses to get the same relief, unti finally they don't help at all. Best to save them for really bad times. If I'm hurting so badly that I can't sleep for the second or third night in a row, I'll take a Lortab. Otherwise, I stick with OTC drugs.
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   Posted 4/10/2008 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   

I have RA, and in the beginning I went through every NSAID under the sun literally! From prescription ibuproferen to Mobic...none helped with my pain.  I understand your frustration and in my case narcotic pain meds don't work with inflammation, however I have found that Celebrex works most of the time... but its prescription only.  I used to hate taking medications too, but I'm well passed that train of thought now and just want to be pain free and able to function!!  I take way more than just the Celebrex I mentioned earlier.

Like the other poster said you have to watch the tummy! Thats usually is my one problem, I can only take the Celebrex for so many days before it starts to bother me.

Good luck to you!

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   Posted 4/10/2008 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
For that type of pain I would use a salonpass back size patch. It is an asprin related medication in the patch so don't take oral NSAIDS at the same time. I find they work great, last all day and since you don't swallow them they don't cause stomach bleeds.

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   Posted 4/11/2008 1:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with sjkly. Only difference is the solanpas I use are made of capsicum . Which is a hot chili pepper, and is often not tolerated if you have sesitive skin. I use them of my back and my knees sometimes. Best to try just a piece of one before trying the whole patch . Sometimes a piece of one can help just as much. Take my advice and avoid ibuprophen and tylenol "they are both bad for stomach and liver."

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   Posted 4/11/2008 7:39 AM (GMT -6)   
hey meOmy.. if you don't want to take any of the NSAIDs 'cause they are bad for your belly, have you tried talking to your doc about putting you on a DMARD? They are not habit forming, and easier on your stomach.. of course there are other side effects, but some less severe than others.. please let us know what you decide and how you are doing..
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