DRUGS -V- BACK PAIN…

One of the best ways to treat back pain is with medication. While holistic methods like correcting your posture, yoga, acupuncture, etc. are all relatively effective in the long run… but when it comes to immediate pain relief, nothing beats the effectiveness of oral medication.

There are several different types of drugs use to treat back pain. Some can be purchased over-the-counter while others will need to be prescribed by a doctor. Generally, the more potent drugs will require a doctor’s prescription.

The symptoms and severity of your condition will dictate what drugs are prescribed to you.

 Painkillers

Most of the time, you can get painkillers over-the-counter. Panadol also known as acetaminophen or Tylenol is the most common type of painkiller. It’s used by people to treat everything from headaches to back pain to fevers.

There are also pain relief creams that are used to treat muscular aches and back pain. Usually these creams contain menthol/methylsalicylate which gives the ‘cool’ feeling when applied. Some creams may contain capsaicin too.

The creams while effective, take time to work. The most immediate relief is that your pain signals get altered when your skin is feeling hot and cool at the same time because of the creams.

Aspirin is another painkiller that can be used to treat back pain, but you should avoid taking NSAIDs if you’re already taking aspirin.

 

NSAIDs

NSAIDs are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that block the body’s production of chemicals which are produced when there’s a strain or injury, and causes pain. Do not take these if you’re pregnant.

Common anti-inflammatory drugs are naproxen, ibuprofen, diclofenac, etc. These relieve back pain that arises from arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, musculoskeletal issues, etc.

Whenever there’s back pain, there’s a high chance that the joints and soft tissues surrounding the affected area are inflamed. By using anti-inflammation medication, you’ll be able to soothe these areas and reduce the pain.

 Muscle relaxants

Tight muscles in your back can cause back pain too. Usually poor posture over prolonged periods can strain your muscles and cause them to get tight. Your doctor may prescribe muscle relaxants to help your body relax and ease the pain.

Different types of muscle relaxants have different degrees of efficacy. Your doctor will prescribe you one that is most suitable for your pain. These muscle relaxants may make you drowsy, and stronger types like valium can actually be a depressant and should be avoided by people with depression.

Commonly prescribed muscle relaxants are Valium, Flexeril, Metaxolone, Carisoprodol, Cyclobenzaprine, etc.

 Drugs to improve bone density

These are best used to treat patients with back pain related to osteoporosis or weak bones. While calcium supplements are effective, your doctor may prescribe tamoxifen or raloxifene. These drugs will improve your bone density and reduce your risk of vertebral fractures due to weak bones.

When combined with drugs such as calcitonin and risedronate, the absorption of the bone is improved, and bone density increases.

These are just some of the drugs used to combat back pain. You should speak to your doctor or do your own research online so that you’re well-informed on the topic. Always consult your doctor before taking any medication.

You need to know if you’re allergic or if the medication you take will ‘clash’ with other medications you’re taking. Not all medications play well with each other. So, to stay away from complications and ill-effects, it’s best to approach all medication with caution.

HEALTH BLOG AWARDS NOMINATIONS, PLEASE VOTE FOR ME…

My blog has been nominated again this year for a Health Blog Awards UK & IRE shortlist for Best Chronic Illness and Recovery Blog – whoop !!

The Health Blogger Awards recognise the blogs that help others to understand their own health better, turn to for reliable information or to better understand their condition. They aim to highlight the important role that bloggers play in health and the insight and information they share.

Votes count for 30% of the final decision so the more the better! People can vote for as many bloggers as they like by simply submitting another vote – but they can only vote once for the same blogger. Duplicate votes will be detected and discarded. Voting will close on 24th June, 2019.

This vote is a chance for the public and people who know me to vote for me to win the award. The shortlist will then be passed on to our panel of judges who will share their thoughts and cast their votes. Judges vote counts for 70%.

This is the link to vote for me at Health Bloggers – If you want to vote for me please press start then just write in your first name then your email address. Then scroll down and click on (a) Best Chronic Illness and you will see my photo under (b) (for Barbara, obviously lol) and that’s it, your vote will be added.

Thanks in advance for anyone who has gone to the trouble of voting for me.

PROLOTHERAPY FOR RELIEF OF CHRONIC MUSCULOSKELETAL PAIN…

Prolotherapy addresses damaged ligaments (bands of connective tissue that help keep bones attached to each other) to relieve chronic musculoskeletal pain.

Prolotherapy is an injection of a liquid solution into soft tissue like your ligaments and tendons. This then triggers local inflammation and the body’s natural healing response which repairs the weakened soft tissues and relieves pain.

Unlike conventional drugs, Prolotherapy is thought to address the underlying pain problem coming from aggravated nerves.

Once the areas that require treatment are found, the consultant will insert a thin needle with the solution into the inflamed area. You will probably experience mild pain, but it can be reduced if you need it by using a local aesthetic first.

A typical course of treatment is around 10-25 sessions.

Preliminary studies have found that pain responds well to this treatment. The American Association of Orthopaedic Medicine state that Prolotherapy is a safe and effective treatment for selected cases of lower back pain, and other chronic myofascial pain syndromes.

The British Institute of Musculoskeletal Medicine holds a list of Prolotherapy practitioners in the UK.

According to Wellness Pharmacy Patients occasionally experience a great deal of relief after their first injection; most, however, note improvement after 3-4 injections, with the duration of treatment then determined by the rate of progress. Studies suggest a success rate (“greater than 50% improvement in pain level”) of 80-90%. They also have 20 common questions and answers about Prolotherapy, here.

MY TOP SIX UPLIFTING BLOGS TO READ FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD…

There are so many different blogs to follow and read but it still amazes me how you can connect with people from all over the world who have a connection with a health condition you are suffering from. My top six are –

1. Pain Palshttp://painpalsblog.com

Pain pals is written by Clare Saul a nurse who suffers, like myself, from chronic back pain and who lives in Middlesex in the UK. Claire writes lots on chronic pain and every Monday she has ‘Monday Magic’, where Claire lists her top choice of inspiring blogs which cover every thing from recipes, writers tips and health posts. Claire also posts lots and lots of book reviews.

2. Reclaiming Hopehttps://reclaiminghope.blog/

Reclaiming Hope, Learning to thrive, not just survive with Fibromyalgia is written by Terri who is a certified personal trainer and health coach. Terri says this has helped her live a fulfilling life while suffering from Fibromyalgia. She writes lots on chronic illness. She posts regularly on ‘Wellness Wednesday’ which can be a post on tips, challenges and improvements. Terri is one of my regular readers and leaves me lovely comments to encourage me when I am going through a bad patch.

3. Fibro Warriers Living Life http://fibrowarriorslivinglife.com/

Fibro Warriers Living Life is written by Melissa who is a certified Fibro Advisor and full time working married Mum who was diagnosed at the early age of 19 with Fibro. She lives in Wisconsin in the US, and writes about Fibro facts, product reviews, videos and much more. Her mission is to learn and help others with Fibro.

4. Fibro Fluttershttps://fibroflutters.com/

Fibro Flutters was founded in 2014 for people suffering from chronic, invisible and rare illness with support and advice. Written by Carole who has Joint Hypermobilty Disorder with a side of Fibromyalgia, and lives in Sunderland in the UK. Now the group has a larger team to steer it in the right direction, the ‘Founding Five Flutters’ but they also work as individuals on their own interests regarding research and advocacy. Basically we are the old-style board room but with a modern approach. Expect to find lots to read on this blog from articles on all types of illnesses and lots more.

5. I Tripped Over A Stonehttps://itrippedoverastone.com/

I Tripped Over A Stone is written by Kim who has suffered from Fibromyalgia for over 20 years and written a book with her friend Karen, “The Shadow Boxers : Fighting Fibromyalgia Your Personal Journey”, a journal full of everything to take your mind off Fibromyalgia. Kim who lives in Minnesota in the US posts are all about Fibromyalgia and it’s important awareness day in May.

6. Fibro Blogger Directoryhttp://www.fibrobloggerdirectory.com/

Fibro Blogger Directory The Fibro Blogger Directory is a directory of people who blog about Fibromyalgia. Set up by Fibro sufferer Lee Good who lives in Australia and says ‘Blogging is a powerful tool and by connecting we can be a stronger voice’. The aim of the directory is to –

  • Connect fibro bloggers
  • Help raise awareness of Fibromyalgia
  • Provide information to the world wide web and other media about fibro bloggers
  • Offer Directory member support

They have a busy Facebook page which features different bloggers daily and Lee’s ‘Fibro Friday’ is a weekly link up by and for people with Fibromyalgia — A place to share and help others understand more about fibromyalgia.