... pain all the time and I have tried advil what should I do about the pain?
24 Jul 2011
Best to go back to the doctor and explain you are still in pain or as Pledge suggested get a second opinion. You might try some over the counter Aleve. It is a non steroidal anti inflammatory that may help the problem. Once the source of the pain is diagnosed it will be easier to treat with the appropriate means. Did you hurt your back somehow?
25 Jul 2011
one of two things I would either let this physician know that this was pain that was not controlled, sometimes a doctor doesn't always find a problem and if that doesn't work you have every right to obtain a second Opinion, the body reacts by giving out signals of pain allowing you to know there is a problem I wish you the very best
29 Jul 2011
Hey Hockeygirl: You need to ask either your doctor, or the 2nd opinion doctor for an MRI. You could have a herniated disc, or a bulging disc that is pressing against nerves, or you could have muscle strain, knots etc. There are so many processes going on in your back, that a doctor can't say that there is nothing there just because they can't "see" anything. Even if the MRI is negative that doesn't mean that something isn't wrong with your back. MRI's, are not perfect, and cannot pick up nerve shearing and such. Does Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, or Naproxin Sodium help?? That would be Tylenol, Motrin, or Aleve. Be careful with the acetaminophen, as it can cause liver damage if taken in large amounts, and the others cause stomach and intestinal bleeding. Funny, doctors are so scared to write scripts for narcotics, yet they will kill you with over the counter meds.
Do you know if you did anything to hurt your back? Even a hard sneeze or cough can really cause damage. When did the pain start, what were you doing, has it been getting worse, or staying the same, what makes it better, worse, etc. These are very important things to tell the doctor. Good luck with everything!!
30 Jul 2011
if you're wanting OTC meds, I'd say try aleve or rapid-release tylenol. the rapid-release works so much better--off brand or generic is fine... if you like the advil, which is just another name for ibuprofen and motrin, you can take up to 800mgs safely. 800mgs is how much is in prescription strength ibuprofen/advil/motrin.
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