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Most pain regimens start with acetaminophen (brand name: Tylenol) or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID, pronounced EN-sed). Mild but persistent discomfort, such as breast and underarm surgery pain, can usually be managed by these medications alone.
There are many NSAIDs, including:
ibuprofen (brand names: Advil, Motrin, Nuprin)
naproxen (brand names: Naprosyn, Naprolan)
naproxen sodium (brand names: Aleve, Anaprox)
ketoprofen (brand name: Orudis)
indomethacin (brand name: Indocin)
piroxicam (brand name: Feldene)
nabumetone (brand name: Relafen)
The response to NSAIDs varies from person to person and medication to medication. If pain doesn't lessen or end when you use one NSAID, that doesn't mean it won't improve if you try another.
You may need to try different NSAIDs before finding the right one for your pain. Never take more than the maximum dose recommended by the manufacturer. If you're taking aspirin, Coumadin (chemical name: warfarin), or other blood thinners, or if...
Q. I’ve had a “questionable” mammogram, and I know the next step might be a biopsy. What exactly is a biopsy? A. A biopsy is acknowledged to be the single most important tool available for diagnosing cancer. It’s simply removal of some of the lump you’ve felt in your breast, or some of the tissue identified as “questionable” in your mammogram . This tissue is then examined by a pathologist, who can determine whether or not it includes cancer cells. Q. Are there different types of biopsy, or is it one size fits all? A. There are different types. Some are done with very fine needles under local anesthetic, leaving no scar; some are full-scale lumpectomies , i.e., a portion of your breast is removed surgically, with a resultant scar or “divot” left behind. And there are other types of biopsy between those two extremes. Q. So, what kind of biopsy will I be getting? A. It depends on what your mammogram looks lik...
I am 52, oxygen. asthema, and severe copd. I have started to have very sharp very painful stabbing pain on left side of my head temple area, almost above the ear. it stabs very quickly without warning. for a few seconds to a minute, then goes away for about 10 mintues and then it happens again. It started this morning. what can it be? Vonnie.
What you're describing could be ice pick headaches. You can find more information in Ice Pick Headaches - The Basics . That said, nobody can confirm that via the Internet, so you really should see your doctor about these pains.
Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert
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