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...
Back pain can range from a dull ache to a sudden sharp pain when you try and lift something. At some point in their lives, about 8 out of 10 people will have back pain.
Some hormonal therapies for breast cancer may cause back pain:
Faslodex (chemical name: fulvestrant)
Femara (chemical name: letrozole)
Some pain medications, such as ibuprofen and naproxen, also can cause back pain.
Managing back pain
If your back pain is very bad or lasts for longer than a few days, talk to your doctor. You may be able to change to a different hormonal treatment or pain medicine that may ease your back problems.
One of the best things you can do to prevent back pain is to exercise regularly and keep your back and core muscles strong. Stretching your back muscles also can help ease back pain and stiffness. Staying in bed all day can actually make your back feel worse.
Some complementary and holistic medicine techniques have been shown to ease back pain, including:
Alternative Names Muscle pain; Myalgia; Pain - muscles Home Care For muscle pain from overuse or injury, rest that body part and take acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Apply ice for the first 24 - 72 hours of an injury to reduce pain and inflammation. After that, heat often feels more soothing. Muscle aches from overuse and fibromyalgia often respond well to massage. Gentle stretching exercises after a long rest period are also helpful. Regular exercise can help restore proper muscle tone. Walking, cycling, and swimming are good aerobic activities to try. A physical therapist can teach you stretching, toning, and aerobic exercises to feel better and stay pain-free. Begin slowly and increase workouts gradually. Avoid high-impact aerobic activities and weight lifting when injured or while in pain. Be sure to get plenty of sleep and try to reduce stress. Yoga and meditation are excellent ways to help you sleep and relax. If home measures aren't working, call your doctor, who will consider prescriptio...
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