After going to see the doctor for a back ache, he gave me three prescription pills after only asking me to bend down and pushing on my back. I am a 19 year old and these pills have done nothing to help me they have only made me feel worse.
The cyclobenzaprine is a muscle relaxer, naproxen is an anti-inflammatory, and oxycodone is a strong narcotic pain reliever. I can see the muscle relaxer and naproxen being prescribed for a few days, along with ice and rest, but the oxycodone is overkill. It doesn't sound like your doctor was very interested in doing more than a quick fix. On the other hand, a majority of people coming in for back pain do resolve that pain fairly quickly with a short period of rest with ice and an anti inflammatory medication, such as the Naproxen. If your pain has not resolved in a few days you may greatly benefit from physical therapy to slowly stretch the strained muscles and teach you exercises you can do at home to build up strength in and around that area, so you won't injure it again.
I would stay away from the oxycodone unless your pain is unbearable - too many people have become addicted after just being on this type of medication for a short time. They never knew they the had the propensity towards addiction. You don't want to take that chance, so stay away. Do go back to your doctor if your pain doesn't resolve in a few days and insist that he prescribe physical therapy. It doesn't have to be for long to be effective - a few visits teaching you exercises that you can do at home can do wonders. Best wishes -
Eliza jane gave you great advice! Dont discount the power of using ice. Back pain, especially in someone as young as you, is usually caused by either inflammation or muscle spasm from overuse or strain. Using ice packs to the area for 15-20 minutes at a time several times a day will help the inflammation. Be sure you cover the ice pack with a towel before applying it to the skin as ice can burn if applied directly. You can take the Naproxen as directed. Be sure to always take with food because it is hard on the stomach especially if your stomach is empty. The cyclobenzeprine can be taken at bedtime as it will make you feel very sleepy. Save the oxycodone for times of severe pain as EJ said, it can become addictive and that can sneak up on you before you know it. As she said too, if your pain is not better in a couple of weeks, see if the Dr will prescribe physical therapy for stretching.
You can go online to some of the sites like Web MD and they have some easy exercises to do for back pain like pelvic tilts and the like. Dont discount the power of exercising either. Most back pain will resolve itself in a few weeks. If your doesnt resolve in a few weeks of ice and anti-inflammatories you may need further testing. If you start having difficulty like trouble holding your bowels or bladder, experience progressive weakness in the legs, or if you have numbness in the saddle area, you should seek treatment immediately. Feel better soon! Back pain stinks! I've been dealing with chronic back pain since 2004 so I truly understand and I wouldnt wish it on anyone.
My question to you would be did you have an accident or do something you are aware of that you have injured your back? Were any xrays done to see if anything was amiss in your back? Have you ever considered trying a chiropractor? They can do wonders for back problems, & many other problems. Today they are not considered just bone crackers. They do alot of physical therapy, & are much cheaper believe me. I would skip the oxycodone as EJ suggested if you can, but do use the muscle relaxer & naproxen. If this doesn't get better, I would insist on some tests to make sure you don't have an injury that exercise could make worse. Just my thoughts...
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