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Bayfield, CO
A 51-year-old female asked:

medications for back pain?

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Dr. Edward Smith
Neurosurgery 54 years experience
Try other things 1st: Best for back pain is prevention. Once back pain starts, use of proper body mechanics, losing weight, regular exercise, correct posture, ergonomical work site should be adopted. Try heat and/or ice. Maybe massage. Medication does not correct an anatomic spinal problem. If you must take meds, start with nsaids such as Ibuprofen or naproxen. If you need anything stronger, see your doctor.
Dr. Jeffrey Glaser
Pain Management 25 years experience
Different Mechanisms: Back pain can be due to multiple causes and knowing the cause will help your physician choose proper medications. Medications to treat pain are generally categorized as narcotics, anti-inflammatories, membrane stabilizers as well as oral versus topical prepations. For mild new onset back pain due to strain and sprain anti-inflammatories are usually a good start if there are no contraindications.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
Best medication: There is no "best" medication. The one that works the best for you is the best.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

What is a good medication for back pain?

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Dr. John Kayvanfar
Sports Medicine 46 years experience
Depends on the cause: Back pain have multiple causes, such as urinary track infection, peptic ulcer diseases, cancer, arthritis of spine, disc herniation, inflammation of muscles, and refereed pain from other parts. Suggest refer to your physician for proper treatment. Any pain killer has a temporary effect. Do not take a lot tylenol, (acetaminophen) for pain because is silent killer.
A 30-year-old member asked:

How long does it take fo medication to alleviate back pain?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
It depend : What the cause of the back pain, disc problem, muscle problem and the kind of medication use (fast acting, short acting). If the acute or chronic in type?
A 34-year-old member asked:

What other things could i try for back pain besides medication?

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Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Back pain: Often improves from changes in lifestyle, including dosed exercising and flexibility stretches as well as walking. A sedentary lifestyle usually leads to worsening back pain, while core strenthening and healthy eating-and-drinking habbits are good for your back too! try joining a gym and find pilates- or yoga classes to go to; even 2x1hr a week will do wonders!
A 37-year-old member asked:

What medication is good for back pain?

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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
Depends on Cause: Various "pain" medications do different things. You may need an anti-inflammatory medication, a muscle relaxer, a "nerve pain" medication or a narcotic. See a board certified anesthesiologist/pain specialist for an evaluation.
San Jose, CA
A 60-year-old male asked:

What medication can I take for back pain?

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Dr. Karina Contreras Lopez
Specializes in General Practice
Spinal hygiene : I woulld recommend you to start with spinal hygiene. These are exercises and tips for your everyday activities to help minimize or get rid of back pain. Medications can include ibuprofen, acetaminophen or something "stronger" but you would need a physical examination first. Start with spinal hygiene and go see your primary physician.

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