Back Pain: To Get Through a Painful Time
Typically, severe episodes of back pain even to those who have had back problems for years or even to those with severe degenerative disc disease often does not last for more than a couple of days and rarely lasts for over a week. So matter who you are, you should know that if you have acute back pain, it may feel like the end of the world now, but it should not last. That being said, if you have suffered from moderate to severe back pain, you know what it feels like to have a problem that you simply can not deal with on your own. Though treating back pain with medications is rarely a long-term solution to the problem, it may help you to get through a painful time so that you do not suffer from severe pain, or lose out on days of work and quality time with your family because you are so debilitated. Pain relieving medications may also enable you to get through some difficult physical therapy sessions, in a rehabilitation center or at home, so that you may be able to treat the cause of your problem. Here are some guidelines to go if you use or consider using medications prescribed by your doctor.
Ask your physician about medication. You may need something stronger for unusual pain than you currently take or that is available over the counter. You may need some medications due to the lack of sleep caused by the pain and discomfort of back pain. The categories of medications that may only be available by prescription include Muscle Relaxants (Cyclobenzaprine, Barisoprodol), narcotic opiods (Tylenol with codeine, Hydrocodone, Oxycontin), Corticosteroids, and Adjuvant therapies (anti-seizure meds).
Sooth with heat. a hot water bottle, heating pad or warm pad. These types of devices should be available around your home or are cheap and can be purchased at your local pharmacy. Heat therapy may work to loosen the muscles that may have become stiff due to muscle strain. Loosening the muscle in certain areas around your back may also reduce compression of the nerve roots or peripheral nerves involved with sending pain signals to the brain.
Cool the Pain. when certain soft tissues or joints sustain injury or become overworked, the body's response may be to create inflammation in that area, to activate the immune response, increase blood flow, and reduce mobility. While the body's response to joint, soft tissue damage, or muscle strain may be appropriate in some circumstances, in others it is just causing a lot of soreness and stiffness to structures that can't really be repaired. In some cases, it is best to just ice certain painful areas to prevent swelling in those areas. Some cold therapy treatments include cooling the pain with commercial ice packs or with frozen vegetables/food available in the refrigerator.
Get enough rest, but not too much. One or a few days of higher than usual rest may help give overworked muscles a change to heal and get stronger. On the other hand, extended periods of bed rest or immobilization has been shown to do more harm than good - most studies show.
Stay active as possible.
Try relaxation techniques.