what is the best pain reliever for lower back pain?
This is a very common question that people ask when they experiencing any form of back pain. The type of pain you have will determine what type of pain killer you need.
The words of Dr. Robert Shmerling, clinical chief of rheumatology at Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is also useful. He said;
“Medication can be a crucial part of managing and treating occasional and recurring pain, and can help you stay pain-free and active, but you have to use the right ones for you, and in the right way,”
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) tablets, such as ibuprofen and paracetamol can be purchased from local pharmacy or shop without prescription.
Paracetamol is usually not enough for back pain relief. Paracetamol can be used with codeine which is a stronger pain killer. Before taking any medication, it is important to follow the guideline on labels to avoid taking too much or too less.
Pain killers usually don’t solve the causes of back pain but it provides a temporary relief from the pain. They are called pain killers but they only kill the pain temporary but not permanently.
I take pain killers at times but I try as much as possible to avoid them because of some side effects. For majority of people, when they start to experience back pain, the first thing they turn to for relief is back pain because they are easy to purchase over the counter. This is why it is easy to abuse pain relievers.
As already mention pain killers like NSAID do come with side effects so it is important not to overuse or abuse them. Side effect of NSAID can include like stomach pain, ulcers, bleeding, or even kidney damage.
Some of the medicine that can be bought over the counter for back pain are Ibuprofen, paracetamol, Aspirin and Codeine (only when used in combination with paracetamol).
It is highly recommended that you always read information leaflet that comes with the pain reliever for back pain you want to take, and if you are in doubt, ask a pharmacist for guidance.
If your back pain is not as a result of injury or accident, the first line of treatment you should seek is natural remedy like physical therapy, yoga, and massage. Majority of back pain do go after about two weeks.
If you have back pain that has not gone after about two weeks you should consider going to a doctor.
For your back pain, you might want to consider some simple lifestyle changes that will help relief or reduce your back pain.