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Advice about NSAIDs for Back pain

spartanusspartanu Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:57 AM in Chronic Pain
Hi everybody! I suffer from back pain since few months. My doctors prescribed me lots of creams for it but i still have my pain. Maybe i have this problem because i was training to hard when i was young(bodybuilding). My doctor prescribed me yesterday NSAIDs for my pain. Can someone tell me if you had any experiences with NSAIDs for back pain? I also found some info bout this drugs


  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,730
    Hi, and welcome to s.h. forums. nsaids. That is a good starting point to bring swelling down. Many Dr's. like to prescribe over the counter ones like Ibuprofen,Motrin usually. But there are many nsaids available. With or without prescription. Including something as simple as aspirin. Or celebrex witch needs a prescription.
    Good luck,Jim
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  • Hi Spartanu,

    Sorry you are having back pain. Try and take care of it early on before it becomes chronic and harder to handle. There has been a lot of news concerning nsaids lately. You have to weigh the risk vs the benefit. I'm glad you are seeing a doctor for yours. What did he prescribe? I believe the news says naproxen is one of the least riskiest. Ask your doctor to be sure. There also are alternative therapies and supplements that you can look into that may help you. Good luck

  • How much back pain is normal after pregnancy before getting concerned?

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  • Where exactly are you feeling the pain? Has it just started in the past few months or have you always had it? If it is really severe your doctor may need to do some tests, maybe start off with an xray to see if anything can be found from that and if not then go for a CT scan or MRI. Depending on what the problem is, NSAIDS may or may not be helpful. One of the specialists I saw years ago at the beginning of my treament tried me on naproxen and that didn't work at all for me. Cyclobenzaprine also didn't do anything but just make me sleep at night time. The only one that was somewhat helpful for a little while was a combination of etodolac during the day and tizanidine at night.
  • Hi and welcome to the SH Board! Our purpose is to provide support, and we all know how to do that, since we've been there done that when it comes to spine conditions. We're available 24/7, so any time you feel the need to post, don't hesitate to do so. Please, no advertising, and we're not doctors, so we can't give medical advice, but we can speak from personal experience.

    As for NSAIDs, they can irritate the stomach, so it's best to take each dose with food or milk.

    Best wishes! Love 'n >:D< , Ess
  • Aleve works the best for me. I take 2, twice a day!
  • Hi there,

    NSAIDS are anti-inflammatory medications. This means if there is swelling or inflammation, the NSAID can help reduce that which will relieved the pressure it is putting on nerves or back and reduce pain.

    That being said NSAIDS are also blood thinners so you do need to be sure you work with your doctor to know if they are safe for you personally.

    Before surgeries, they will make you come off them.

    There are over the counter versions as well as prescription versions.

    Hope this helps.
  • Can be very beneficial for back pain. They relieve inflammation and do a pretty good job with even strong pain. You do have to be careful, however, of their effects on your stomach. If you begin to experience a lot of heartburn after you start taking them, you should ask your doc about it.
    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
  • NSAIDS can cause problems with your heart as well. I have a history of irregular heart beat and high blood pressure. I can no longer take non perscription pain relievers do to issues with my heart.
    Hope the NSAIDS work for you, don't over look the precautions on the lable..
    laminectomy c4/c5 2008, ACDF c4-c7 Jan 20 2014 sched
  • Can also have a negative effect on the kidney also. As far as them being a blood thinner, nonselective NSAIDS like advil/aleve have a reversible antiplatelet effect; once you are off the drug the effect is gone. Celebrex, however, may actually have a hypercoagulative effect, causing increased clotting, some studies show.

    NSAIDS also contribute to osteoporosis.

    When using NSAIDS it is about risk vs benefit. It may benefit you now, but hurt you later. Your overall health has to be taken into consideration when using NSAIDS.

  • with my back spasms after my fusion, but the stomach problems became to unbearable so I had to give them up. It's one of those drugs that you definately need to weigh the pro's and con's. I used to be able to take naproxen without a problem if taken with food, now I can't take any nsaids without problems, no matter how I take them.
  • I always recommend speaking to your doctor. I had stopped taking ibuprofen because it can cause stomach ulcers with extended use. My doctors all re-assured me that as long as I do not go beyond the max daily dose, and drink water I don't need to worry on the OTC version. A
  • NSAIDs do NOT contribute to Osteoporosis. Please check your information before posting it.
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