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Title: Does any OTC drugs actually help your pain?
Post by: YYC_ Mommy on January 11, 2011, 07:37:18 AM
Since after Christmas I am in some terrible pain. I have tried tylenol, advil, I even have tylenol 2 which I don't like to use but have been resorting to and they seem to take the edge off. My question to you all is there anything that you can get over the counter that helps with your pain?

I need to go back to my Rheumy in March but I think that I am going to call and see if I can see him sooner as the pain is really bad right now and it wakes me up through the night so of course I am even more exhausted than usual.

Title: Re: Does any OTC drugs actually help your pain?
Post by: Carolina on January 11, 2011, 07:49:22 AM
Dear YYC_Mommy,

Aleve (Naproxen Sodium) helps me a great deal.  I take omeprazole (RX) to off set stomach irritation, however.

I cannot take most RX pain meds (hydrocodone, codeine, etc), but Cymbalta and Trileptal also help with the pain.

So I'm ok, until I get an infection/virus, and then the additional pain load breaks through and I have no recourse.

Keep us posted on what you find to help.

I used to take Tramadol, but it really just stopped doing a thing for me.  That's an RX.

Kisses

Elaine
Title: Re: Does any OTC drugs actually help your pain?
Post by: GCJ on January 11, 2011, 08:18:53 AM
For me OTC don't help my severe nerve pain but if I get headache or feel ache it does to a degree. I try to limit the OTC cause I have had liver issues in the past. Someone on my nerve boards suggested aleve liquid gel caps being better and needing less of an amount
Title: Re: Does any OTC drugs actually help your pain?
Post by: Joe S. on January 11, 2011, 08:28:58 AM
While I would not consider them OTC, I use Meditation, Aphorisms , Self-hypnosis, and CBT as my first line in pain relief. Next it is Aleve and 222's. Since I can no longer bring any 222's in for personal use. It will just be Aleve. I use Carrot Juice to build endorphins and reflexology for acute pain. Reiki is used for general pain.
Title: Re: Does any OTC drugs actually help your pain?
Post by: tired of it on January 11, 2011, 08:59:44 AM
NO
Title: Re: Does any OTC drugs actually help your pain?
Post by: katyjo on January 11, 2011, 09:06:53 AM
I have some discomfort almost everyday.  Somedays are worse than others.  I think Motrin helps a little.  Controlling stress, getting enough sleep and having the right diet helps a lot.   
Title: Re: Does any OTC drugs actually help your pain?
Post by: gphx on January 11, 2011, 09:26:42 AM
Someone explained to me once that an 800mg dose of Ibuprofin is not only an analgesic but also has antiinflammatory effects. NSAIDS, a drug family Ibuprofin is a member of, are Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs if I recall correctly. 800mg of Ibuprofin every four hours got me through a year and a half of a very physically demanding job til I simply got too exhausted for caffeine to push me through the day or even the first few hours anymore.

I don't take it now because taking large doses long term is hard on the liver and because NSAIDS, being effective, can also influence various blood tests causing false negatives. If your needs are short term and you don't have any pending tests you might give Ibuprofin a shot. Many people believe all NSAIDS are equivalent but everyone is different and Ibuprofin works best for me.

Vicodin knocks pain out entirely for me but, well, it's Vicodin. Being addictive I reserve that for back spasms or minor surgical procedures only.

Provided I'm able to, exercise does just as much good as the medications. Must be the natural endorphin release.
Title: Re: Does any OTC drugs actually help your pain?
Post by: mink on January 11, 2011, 09:59:53 AM
You are so right gphx .....800mg of ibuprofen used give me some relief, but unfortunate for me I started breaking out in something called petechiea and that was very painful in itself so I have to resort to percocet now  :-\
Hey but if it's worth giving it a try especially if it turns out to work for you!

Good Luck and let us know what you find ;D
Title: Re: Does any OTC drugs actually help your pain?
Post by: dbab on January 11, 2011, 10:05:33 AM
I will take 4 (800 mg) Ibuprofen if I need to and it helps.  I used to have Vicoprofen but I never asked my doctor for a refill.  The Ibuprofen will work ok at that dose but it is hard on your system and its not something I recommend doing regularly.  I already take RX NSAID twice a day so I'm sure not doing my body any good with that also, esp with my liver worries right now.

Anything OTC that is more liver friendly?  I know acetephetemin (Tylenol) is out of the question as well as the ibuprofens.  **sigh**
Title: Re: Does any OTC drugs actually help your pain?
Post by: inga on January 11, 2011, 10:31:38 AM
Used to....not any more.
Title: Re: Does any OTC drugs actually help your pain?
Post by: Nathan on January 11, 2011, 10:33:40 AM
I'm usually a huge NSAID user, but I've had long term issues with them giving me ulcers. I have one now (in spite of almost not using any...). Not fun.

If you can tolerate them, and they help, fantastic! When I'm able to, they're my #1.
Title: Re: Does any OTC drugs actually help your pain?
Post by: harlin on January 11, 2011, 12:46:02 PM
I have not ever found an over the counter to help me, it is like taking nothing. I have had more pain since Christmas also and I went to Rheumy January 4th. She put me on Prednisone and it has really helped. I just know that after they are gone my pain will be back. I don't like taking Prednisone but it really did help, I can see a big difference.
Hugs to you, harlin
Title: Re: Does any OTC drugs actually help your pain?
Post by: YYC_ Mommy on January 11, 2011, 05:38:26 PM
Thanks everyone for sharing and for some suggestions.

I am going to give the 800mg Ibuprfen a try tonight and see if I can aleast get some sleep. I was using Aleve daily and then I ran out and I have not replaced it. Maybe it was doing more than I thought. I will get some more Aleve tomorrow.

Again, thanks a million!
Title: Re: Does any OTC drugs actually help your pain?
Post by: Catilee2 on January 11, 2011, 05:57:43 PM
Hi,
   Of all the NSAID's Aleve gave me the most relief. It didn't knock out the real bad pain during flares. The Drs. kept me on Prilosec and then Nexium while taking them the last 10 years and because of stomach issues(a severe bleeding ulcer in 1990) the Rheumie told me not to take anymore NSAID's , so he put me on tramadol.

Catilee 2
Title: Re: Does any OTC drugs actually help your pain?
Post by: Sha on January 11, 2011, 07:05:24 PM
Sorry to say, but for me....NO! I take hydrocodone 10/500 and tramadol 50 mg and natural stuff ;)

Good luck!

Sha
Title: Re: Does any OTC drugs actually help your pain?
Post by: Autoimmunity on January 12, 2011, 06:37:00 PM
Not only does over the counter not help with my arthritis pain, neither does vicodin or percocet  :o (it very slightly takes the edge off for a very short time and then makes me feel very ill  :'(). 
Title: Re: Does any OTC drugs actually help your pain?
Post by: Joe S. on January 12, 2011, 09:08:09 PM
For your arthritis pain, try high active tart cherry extract.
Title: Re: Does any OTC drugs actually help your pain?
Post by: tired of it on January 13, 2011, 06:31:13 AM
I hear cyanide works, real fast >:(
Title: Re: Does any OTC drugs actually help your pain?
Post by: Calli66 on January 13, 2011, 06:50:27 AM
Advil works well for me, but I recently read that it can lower platelet counts, and that's my problem! So I'm off Advil (ibuprofen) for awhile, I guess. Does anybody know if Aleve has bad side effects like that? Tylenol doesn't work for me.

Calli
Title: Re: Does any OTC drugs actually help your pain?
Post by: Nathan on January 13, 2011, 11:27:03 AM
Aleve is Naproxen Sodium--a NSAID very similar to Ibuprofen, so it does interrupt platelet aggregation, but it is not as severe as say, Aspirin.

Does Tylenol work for anyone? Has it worked for anyone ever?
Title: Re: Does any OTC drugs actually help your pain?
Post by: tired of it on January 13, 2011, 12:46:44 PM
I guess Aleve is out of my arsenel, not that it did much anyway
Title: Re: Does any OTC drugs actually help your pain?
Post by: Autoimmunity on January 13, 2011, 04:08:35 PM
I hear cyanide works, real fast >:(

I just may have to resort to that  :P
Title: Re: Does any OTC drugs actually help your pain?
Post by: SLEEPY101 on January 13, 2011, 04:32:54 PM
I only take prescribtion meds for my pain but OTC tiger balm does take the edge off my leg pain.
Title: Re: Does any OTC drugs actually help your pain?
Post by: CAT1962 on January 13, 2011, 04:35:30 PM
No, my body laughs at OTC drugs.  :P I take Hydrocodone, too, when I have a back headache/backache/muscles, etc. I have an RX for Tramadol, but am waiting as long as I can before getting it. My Heuro guy gave me Topamax for silent migraines, but I haven't filled it, because I am not totally convinced that I have that DX! I plan on talking to my Rheumy in March about the possibility of having Dysautonomia instead. My mother (and, her mother, and HER mother,etc, etc.) ALL have/had debilitating pain with migraines...then why not me?? (I don't have the bad headache....had maybe 3 in my life, and not even sure if THOSE were actual migraines). I think the Neuro guy just grabbed a DX and stuck it on me, when the Rheumy would probably know more about the Dys. (Wow, sorry for going on...lol...been a BAD day....financially, and SjS-wise.)
Title: Re: Does any OTC drugs actually help your pain?
Post by: YYC_ Mommy on January 15, 2011, 05:14:18 PM
Does Tylenol work for anyone? Has it worked for anyone ever?

I personally have not had any success with Tylenol for this pain. I wish I could say that I have had some success with something but still no.

I think that I will try and go back on to Aleve. I did have lots of brusing when I was using it, I noticed someone mentioned that it can effect your platets? Maybe that is why? I think that I will first try and talk to my doctor and see what they have to say.

Round and round I go!
Title: Re: Does any OTC drugs actually help your pain?
Post by: Joe S. on January 16, 2011, 07:53:13 AM
Every persons system is different. I know that lowering the acid in my system by eliminating caffeine helps. Dark cherries have been used for centuries to treat gout. I have heard of raisins soaked in vodka, but as mom said it had more to do with the vodka than the raisins.
Title: Re: Does any OTC drugs actually help your pain?
Post by: Calli66 on January 16, 2011, 08:07:39 AM
My father-in-law used to eat 13 raisins soaked in something---maybe it was vodka or gin---every morning for the last 10 or 15 years of his life. He liked his "routines" and carefully placed the raisins on his morning cereal. Who knows what it did for him, but to watch this ritual was endearing.

C
Title: Re: Does any OTC drugs actually help your pain?
Post by: Joe S. on January 16, 2011, 09:41:00 PM
If you want to try an herb, Valerian Root may be worth looking into. It does have a shelf life. Do not take and operate equipment before yo know how your body reacts.