... However, it is not adressing the pain. Is there any advice for an over the counter pain medication. I heard I should not take Ibupofen
Not sure why you were told that, are you allergic?. This sort of pain is difficult to address with Over the counter products. Would you be able to ask the Dr for some help with this? Probably the best place to start, if he/she is opposed maybe they can suggestion effective OTC product. Hope this helps.
It comes in 2 strengths, which are you on? The max dose a day is 15 mg. If you are on the 7.5 you can ask to have the dose increased. If not, you should ask to change NSAIDS. They told you not to take ibuprofen because you would be taking 2 NSAIDS so the risk of side effects would be increased along with stomach irritations. So that goes for Aleve too. About the only OTC med I would take is tylenol. Aspirin would be out for you because it is an NSAID.
I was going to tell you the same thing as kaismama did. The best thing for you to do is to talk to your Dr and let him/her know that the drug isnt working and ask what other options you have. You can try adding acetaminophen to see if it helps. That would be the only OTC you could take. Dont forget the power of simple things like ice and heat. If you have a lot of muscle spasm, heat really helps a lot. I have a bulging disc in my low back and I use heat almost every day. They are getting very reluctant to prescribe any opioids for this type of pain though.
Hi, i was going to suggest the same thing Dzoo has - heat therapy. I injured my back a few years ago, had 2(?) prolapsed discs in my lower spine and i used heat-pads (along with Tramadol - which i wouldn't recommend! - and Amitriptyline). The heat pads were really soothing. I would lay on a hot water bottle at home also. Km is correct about the NSAID's, that will be the reason you were told to keep away from Ibuprofen - because you are already taking an NSAID.
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