First I would like to say that I am a supporter on anti-Inflamatories: NSAIDS ie "Advil", for almost any pain I have had my entire life, over the counter (OTC) dosage has always provided marked relief from pain, even Sciatica in the past. However, the fact that I did not get the same response recently, not only scared me but angered me, because I was told by three Doctors, (two during ER visits due to the enormous amount of debilitating pain I had ever experienced before) everyone I spoke to, and everything I read, suggested I take OTC NSAIDS. After telling one doctor that the medicine wasn't even touching the pain, even at prescription level dosage, I was given a prescription for a dose even smaller than I had been taken. He told me it takes a few weeks for the medicine to start working. After I had told him the cocktail I was taking for a week with no relief: 1600mg of Ibuprofen , 2000mg of Acetaminophen , along with high dosages of "Doans", "Aleve", "Asprin" along with "Icey Hot" and patches that were supposed to help with the back pain, his answer was basically to continue what I was doing but take less medicine. I assured the doctors, all of them, I wasn't looking for pain medicine and even turned down an offer for a "muscle relaxant" prescription. My whole point of starting this topic is; why is it, everywhere I turn, it states OTC NSAIDS will actually help nerve pain when it is at the level far higher than the "norm"? Seeing as I have had a history of back pain, since I was a teenager, having had Sciatica, numbness, burning sensations etc on and off for years, (as I tell every doctor) I am able to compare the current pain with over thirty years of pain that was helped with OTC NSAIDS. So why is it still suggested as something "helpful"?. Other than protocol, there is no reason as far as I can see. If anyone has any suggestion or answers I would greatly appreciate them. Not so much for me currently, because I am no longer in that level of debilitating pain, but for others who may be going through what I was for almost three months. Thanks in advance.