questionswhat do you use for occasional pain relief?

vote-for44vote-against
vote-for6vote-against

Aspirin. It's not as scary as the rest of the others.

vote-for4vote-against

Depends on the source of the pain. If I'm not sure what to take, I generally go with advil.

http://voices.yahoo.com/aspirin-ibuprofen-naproxen-acetaminophen-difference-28909.html

vote-for8vote-against

I don't always use medicine, but when I do, I use ibuprofen.

vote-for17vote-against

I find someone deserving, and kick the living sh*t out of them.

You did ask.

vote-for4vote-against

i generally use aleve (e.g. naproxen)...i don't mind ibuprofen but i don't always have access to food at the moment i need pain relief.

vote-for5vote-against

Ice, arnica and/or hot shower for muscle stuff + ibuprofen if I must.

vote-for6vote-against

I probably sound old, but lately I have been using ben gay on my upper back. I have been very surprised how well it works and it does not have the smell like it used to.

vote-for6vote-against

@shrdlu: Sounds effective. Hope you feel better afterwards!

vote-for4vote-against

In tend to go for caffeine, alcohol, ibprophen, acetominophen and finally oxycodone (and other things like oxy).

For muscle aches, I generally use ibprophen and/or alcohol.

A headache gets some combination of ibprophen, acetominophen and caffeine (about the only time I use acetominophen is for a headache and sometimes fever reduction as it is next to useless for muscle pain).

I almost never take oxycodone, though I have plenty of it around (I have a very high pain tolerance and rarely use it when prescribed for post-op pain or kidney stones, thus it tends to accumulate). When I'm in an especially funky mood I will occasionally use oxy with alcohol to cope with what amounts to emotional pain, but such use is quite rare, perhaps once or twice a year if that.

I should note that I use caffeine (generally in the form of coffee) and alcohol (beer, wine and/or stronger stuff) on an almost daily basis, though I occasionally stop both for several days (alcohol more than caffeine).

vote-for3vote-against

I use asprin as the other stuff never seems to work for me.

vote-for5vote-against

I used to be an Ibuprofen taker, but I'm not on a medication that prevents me from taking any NSAIDS (and that includes asprin and naproxin). Sucks, I'm only allowed to take acetaminophen, and I swear it's not as effective. However, the last time I sprained my ankle, I got a low dose of Vicodin, that stuff works wonders!

vote-for5vote-against

Thanks for the sampling so far, gang. I meant to mention(beer made me forget) that I have been diagnosed with some sort of degenerative back ailment that flares up sometimes, the last few days being "sometimes". I rarely take any kind of pain meds, but days like today make me want to take some kind of relief-in-a pill.

vote-for5vote-against

I have a low back problem, probably not the same as yours, but it "goes out" every once in a while. I'm on a walker for a few days, then walk bent over for a week or so, gradually getting upright. But my doc said ibuprofen. When I asked him how come not Naproxyn or something, he simply said, "it's safer."

vote-for5vote-against

Wine.woot! Or rather, the delicious medicine I buy from wine.woot!

vote-for4vote-against

I do not thing this was asked but what kind of pain are we talking about? Back, Headache, Knee,Hip, neck, shoulder, Girl friend or wife or both?

vote-for4vote-against

@bigfrank: My chiro gave me some bio freeze to try and I did not think it worked all that well on me. Guess I should try it again.

vote-for4vote-against

@conanthelibrarian: A lot of PT are using it. I found it worked great but it needs to be rubbed in and massaged

vote-for4vote-against

If you have a diagnosis on your back, I would ask the doc. Different pain relievers work on different types of pain. So while advil maybe great for a headache, it might not touch muscle pain.

vote-for5vote-against

@shrdlu: What about regular sh*t? Do you kick that out of them as well?

vote-for4vote-against

Ibuprofen, easier on the liver than acetaminophen. I'm not sure how it compares to aspirin.

vote-for4vote-against

I've developed allergies to aspirin and acetaminophen over the years, so ibuprofen is the only (OTC) thing I've been able to take for about 20 years. Well...I can take Aleve, but it doesn't do an effing thing for me.

Schedule II/III drugs work great, of course, because they work in an entirely different way.

Acetaminophen is so toxic to the liver that it should be pulled from the market. Big pharma is way too big for that to ever happen though.

vote-for4vote-against

Excedrin or the generic equivalent... just don't take it at night, because in addition to acetaminophen and aspirin it also has a pretty big dose of caffeine.
But, holy crap, short of opiates there's nothing like it.

vote-for5vote-against

I like Excedrin, and if it's a tension headache or tense muscle, I also use Tiger Balm.

vote-for4vote-against

Goody's powders......they may taste awful but they work fast. They also come in orange which, in my opinion, has two advantages: 1) they come in sealed plastic tube instead of the folded paper of the regulars so they're easier to keep with you and 2) they taste ok enough to take without water when you're in a pinch.

vote-for4vote-against

Ibuprofin for muscle pains, tylenol for regular headaches, tylenol sinus (when I can find it!) for sinus headaches. I get rare migraines but I count myself very fortunate to be one of those folks who see an "aura" before the pain starts. I get the Christmas tree lights type of aura, and it occasionally takes over my entire line of vision. The reason I think this is a good thing is that, if I can get my hands on even some OTC migraine meds (Excedrin Migraine is my favorite), I can almost always avoid the headache itself. I can't drive, of course, because everything looks so pretty and sparkly (Ooooooh! Shiny!), but at least I don't hurt.

Edit: My sister (a serious migraine-sufferer) persuaded me to try Head-On, despite their dreadful commercials. Pretty good stuff! The feel of an ice pack without the ice pack! They also make a larger, stronger version for muscle pain. In many ways it's like Ben-Gay or my grandmother's favorite, Icy Hot.

vote-for3vote-against

I'm a big fan of ibuprofen. I've been known to call it "vitamin I", mostly when I'm having knee problems and end up taking it regularly. Aleve is my second choice. It does seem to take effect faster then ibuprofen for me.

vote-for3vote-against

I use ibuprofen (I find the liqui-gels work much faster) for muscle aches, and aleve sometimes for a light headache. I have chronic headaches and have fancy prescription stuff that I take most of the time when I can't go on without treatment - I try to avoid treatment for as long as possible to limit the amount of medication I take since I also take a daily preventative.

I have also started using Salon Pas for some muscle soreness, most recently with my herniated disc issues. Definitely good results. And I second @bigfrank on the suggestion for BioFreeze, that stuff rocks.

vote-for5vote-against

@captainsuperdawg and @mtm2: Too funny. Yes, I actually kick regular sh*t out of them, too. Yes, I feel better afterwards (although the recipient does not).

Seriously, I take absolutely nothing for pain. Years (aeons, even) ago, when I first realized that I would have chronic pain for the rest of my life, I decided that simply adjusting to that fact was my best option. I am fortunate in having a very high pain threshold, but use meditation or other distractions instead of pain. When I've had surgery, I always refuse all medication the moment I'm conscious and able to do so.

I've had doctors who insisted on my having a prescription for pain, and even calling me at home because I hadn't filled a prescription (yes, I'm not kidding). Now I fill them, and take them to the drug disposal roundup that the local police department has.

vote-for4vote-against

My mom had debilitating arthritis, and I was hit by a drunk driver, so I have seen what pain relievers can do to two different people, all the way from aspirin to oxycodone.

The most important thing is this: pain relievers work differently for everyone. Give my mom an oxy and she would feel a little better. Give me half of one and I'd be passed out in 5 minutes.

I find the most powerful relief (without knocking me out) for a migraine or back pain is one Aleve + one Tylenol (they are safe to take together). I use the arthritis (time release) caps so I can take as small a dose as possible to get relief for as long as possible - 8 to 12 hours on a single dose.

Ibuprofen tears my stomach to pieces.

vote-for7vote-against

Remember that different medications treat different stages of the pain process. Drugs like ibuprofen and aleve work by reducing inflammation, which in turn reduces pain, while narcotics like oxycontin work by blocking pain receptors, but not really addressing the underlying cause of the pain. That's wonderful in the situations for which oxy was developed (end-stage cancer patients with metatheses to bone), but it's not as useful for back pain as reducing inflammation. Topical creams like Ben-Gay or arnica gel because they're abrasive, drawing more blood into the area, which may promote healing.

Since the OP mentioned a degenerative back condition: Celebrex has been a billion times more effective than any dose of Aleve; it allowed me to get my life back, honestly. On a handful of occasions when the inflammation was pressing on a nerve root - resulting in the kind of pain that really can't be described - my doctor has given me a short course of steroids to reduce inflammation fast.