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Upper Lower Back Pain And Prednisone
Prednisone is a synthetic cortisone. The body makes cortisone, a natural hormone made in adrenal glands. The body converts it to Hydrocortisone to become active. 25 mg of cortisone has about same effect as 5 mgm prednisone. The average person would produce 3-6 mg of pred daily. So why use a substitute? The synthetic has more anti-inflammatory effect; but has less effect ...Read more
Mid to lower back pain after getting jumped on. A round of prednisone helped but after it was done pain returned. What could be the cause?
Depends on who jump-: -ed. Have 2 take a lot in determining the force, velocity, weigh & from what height. A child or adult. May B just a muscle strain still. Steroid make everything better. If no leg pain or no severe, try NSAIDS if able. If it interferes with quality of life, you should see your PCP & go from there. If you have done that see an orthopedic surgeon or a spine surgeon 4eval. A hands on exam & imaging. ...Read more
Lower back pain and my doc pres. Naproxen 500 mg 2 x along with prednisone. And pain not going. Can I take ibobrufen 400 3x instead neproxin
Okay: Hello and thanks for using HealthTap. Yes it is okay to use ibupofen as you have indicated instead of the naproxen, just don't use them together. Be aware that the combination prednisone and another anti-inflammatory drug is very hard on your stomach. Consider taking an OTC prilosec once a day for stomach protection while you are on this combination. ...Read more
First day of a 5day prednisone pk. Having low back pain. Had this last time I took pred; is it cause for major concern or fairly harmless side effect?
Appropriate treatmen: All medication which work may have undesirable side effects. The question which your doctor answers before prescribing is the risk/gain ratio. In your case what can be gained is higher then the risk which is why it it was prescribed. ...Read more
Very bad low back pain and sciatica. Is okay to take short course of oral prednisone if my A1c is 6.8?
No: Studies show no to low benefit for lower back pain with oral steroids. You need rest low back school and a pain management referral. Naproxen 500 twice a day and flexeril 10 mg three times a day prn are preferable. You need a full exam to rule out cauda equina, weakness and other surgical indications. Risk also > benefits with diabetes. ...Read more
Prescribed Prednisone for low back pain/muscle spasms 6 day dose 60mg 2 days 40mg 2 days 20mg 2 days. Is this drug safe to take? Nervous to take it!
Pretty Safe.: In the sense that it may reduce the pain in your back, it is safe. Occasionally, it has an irritating effect on the stomach. So make sure you can take it. ...Read more
Went to ER w/ chest pain, sinus pressure, lower back pain and total body weakness. This is my last day of zpack and prednisone and I don't feel better?
I have sharp head pains and now lower back pain when I stand for too long should I e worried? Are they related? What can it be?
Maybe, maybe not: Mysterious pain symptoms can be evaluated by a primary care doctor, who may then refer to various specialists for more evaluation. For back and head pains, many, many reasons exist. Sometimes there are problems with the positions of the vertebrae, or some muscle strains/tightness in the neck or back, or past injury effects, or overuse damage, or nerve compression, internal diseases, etc., etc.... ...Read more
I started getting lower back pain on my right side and now my right leg is numb should I go to the e.R?
Probably your muscle: Usually lower back pain is due to muscle strain that should improve with gently stretching the back, giving the muscle some rest (but remain active if you can!), and using an over the counter pain reliever / anti-inflammatory. If the pain becomes severe or does not start to improve, or if it's accompanied by other symptoms, you should be evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more
Several ways: Lifestyle changes are important like not smoking, weight control and regular exercise. You can use medication if no contraindications like ibuprophen or naproxen, try a back support, guided exercise & activity modification. If no better, then see your doctor for further evaluation and treatment. Most back pain is self limiting & gets better over time. ...Read more
See doctor: Low back pain is very common. Often it is just from musculoskeletal strain, bad posture, not enough stretching or exercise. However it can be caused by more serious problems so it is best to check with your doctor for an exam to make sure it is not serious. If it is not a serious problem, then physical therapy or a chiropractor may be helpful. ...Read more
Give it time: Low back pain usually improves within 1-2 weeks, but it depends on the circumstances. If your pain has persisted for greater than 1-2 weeks despite conservative management I would see your physician. You would also want to see your physician sooner if you have any fever, chills, night sweats, or bowel/bladder changes. ...Read more
Mobility/stretching: Increase your mobility, stretch it out along with knees and hamstrings.....do some lower back strength exercise and try to increase your core to help stabilize the area. Keep working on it and no worries. ...Read more
Physical therapy.: Low back pain is one of the most common complaints an internist will see. Physical therapy, rest, heat and if needed anti-inflammatory and/or muscle relaxants medications are commonly used. If no relief is obtained further work-up would be indicated including imaging studies. ...Read more
Depends: Many people can use Acetaminophen (tylenol (acetaminophen) and others) unless they have liver problems. Anti-inflammatory meds like Naproxen (aleve), Ibuprofen (many brands) and prescription brands, but can upset the stomach and may not be appropriate for folks with some medical conditions. All meds (over the counter and prescription) can have side effects. Read the package, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. ...Read more
See below: Lose weight if overweight. Use proper lifting techniques (legs not back; don't lift & twist: turn whole body). Try otc NSAID for pain/inflammation. Stretching. If not enough, see doc for rx pain med & muscle relaxer. Give time for different combo's. Still not enough: see pain management physician. Pool exercises usually well tolerated by back pts. ...Read more
Multifactorial: Chronic low back pain requires a multifactorial approach. Eliminating stress, incorporating yoga or swimming into your exercise regime, having an osteopathic or chiropractic adjustment, exploring acupuncture are just a few things I would recommend. Of course you should be informed by a specialist as to your diagnosis, usually through having an MRI to eliminate any extreme dangerous condition. ...Read more
Wear and tear: It is common to wake up with some back discomfort that improves with activity. Normal wear and tear (also called arthritis) can cause stiffness when in 1 place for a long time. The discs in the spine also retain fluid at night which can cause some discomfort. Treatment depends on your exam. Anti- inflammatory and pt helpful. See a physiatrist. ...Read more
Low back pain is pain that occurs in the back above the buttock area and below the ribs. Low back pain can be sharp, dull, intermittent or constant. Pain can be at rest or associated with activity. Back pain can also be accompanied with pain that shoots or radiates down into the lower extremities or legs which is frequently ...Read more
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