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Old 03-21-07, 07:37 AM   #1
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Best pain medicine?

Non prescription. I did something to my back on Monday, I'm not sure what. I must have pinched something. So now I have a shooting pain down my leg and up my back, and any movement hurts. What can you foosters recommend? Things like Icy hot, or pills or other things?... Lets hear them.
Oh, and don't say "go to a doctor". We all know the best medical advise is found on free internet forums.
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Dave's Insanity Sauce, srsly! Some Dave's on a cotton ball and swab over the affected area brings me near instant relief. YMMV

USE WITH CAUTION! A little goes a long way as this gets very warm on the skin.
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Old 03-21-07, 07:43 AM   #3
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Go to Canada and get some 222's.

I'm pretty sure they have Codeine in them.
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Tequila, apply to affected area internally.
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Tequila, apply to affected area internally.
What is it with you adults and alcohol?
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Old 03-21-07, 08:00 AM   #6
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It is the only thing that keeps us from going postal on all the ignorant kids!!!
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Keep it up, then...
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go to a chiropractor & get straightened out.
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DO NOT take back pain away with pain meds. This is a serious mistake. Instead do pelvic tilts to straighten your back out. If things get real bad, you can damage nerves. And the pain meds will let you keep right on going thinking everything is fine.
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advil. take 3 or 4 of them (stanard dose for Ibuprofin when it was Rx).
Ice for the 1st 24 hours to reduce swelling
That said, I have back "issues" and they're not something
to fool around with.
If you have shooting pain down your leg go see a doctor, if
you have numbness or tingling sensations go see a doctor.
Last time I pranged my back (picking up a dropped ball bearing from
headset I was cleaning/repacking) I ended up in the ER with
an Rx for Vicodin and Flexaril.
Like I said, it ain't no fun. go get it checked out.
chiropractor's (if you find the right one) can do wonders but
right now you need to deal with the injury, preventative stuff can
come later
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Dave's works great till you can get to the bonecracker. +1111!!!1 for chiropractic.
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Old 03-21-07, 08:29 AM   #12
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Sounds like sciatic nerve pain caused by mis-aligned vertebra. Do not screw around with this.
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Old 03-21-07, 08:31 AM   #13
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Non prescription. I have a shooting pain down my leg and up my back, and any movement hurts.
It's called sciatica. A disk has shifted and is pinching a nerve. A responsible chiropractor wouldn't touch you if you are in acute pain because the adjustments they need to do would make you worse in the short run.

One thing you probably can do is a floor exercise that helps shift the disk back into place. Lie face down and start doing a push up, but only lift your shoulders and chest off the floor - keep your legs and waist down. Do this a couple of time a day.

The only non-prescription med that might help is something like Alleve/Motrin, which if you double the dose is approximately the same strength as the prescription version.

If it were me I would go to the doctor and get real happy pills. Sciatica sucks.
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Old 03-21-07, 08:40 AM   #14
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I'm callin' bullsh!t on this one. I've been plagued with siatica off and on all my life.

A compotent practicioner knows how to treat sciatica. The only good ones I've ever been to provided near instant relief.
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Chiro's are indeed a good idea, the problem is finding a good one. I am lucky enough to have a good one, infact an excellent one. But that isn't the case for most of my friends and family.
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Luckily, we have access to a mountain biking, pole-vaulting maniac (who happens to be a chiropractor) in WV.
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Old 03-21-07, 10:57 AM   #19
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Non prescription.....a good nonsteroidal anti inflammatory like Ibuprofen.

I'd prefer dilaudid though! It doesn't kill the pain, but you don't care!
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People are talking about hot sauce - actually, I find spicy food to be a mild pain killer. Allows me to use less of the serious stuff.
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Non prescription.....a good nonsteroidal anti inflammatory like Ibuprofen.

I'd prefer dilaudid though! It doesn't kill the pain, but you don't care!
You can have the dilaudid, but I get the vicodin
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They are both great for pain, but then I can't crap for like three days after.
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Hmmmmmmmm.......non prescripttion. I was going to say Dilaudid which on the street needs no script and if you can get the liquid form then it is better than heroin they say!
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I'm callin' bullsh!t on this one. I've been plagued with siatica off and on all my life.

A compotent practicioner knows how to treat sciatica. The only good ones I've ever been to provided near instant relief.
Maybe I didn't have good ones. I have had two separate chiropractors decline to treat me when I was in acute pain - asking me to come back for adjustment after the pain had subsided.
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I like Alleve(Naproxen) for things such as bruises and swelling but back nerve damage is different. A muscle relaxant will require a doctors visit and those things will make you feel mentally ******** though they are commonly prescribed for such things.

As others have mentioned probably your best bet is stretching.

lie flat on the floor and pull your knees up to your chest like you are rolling into a ball and hold it.

Then do each leg say the right leg first with the left one straight. Grab your knee and pull your knee up such that you are trying to put your knee in your arm pit and hold it. Repeat with the other leg.

Also lying flat stretch your arms out above your head straight and for this stretch think about trying to elongate your body, so stretch your feet away from your hands and your hands away from your feet. There are many more to do as well.

If it hurts at any time back off.
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