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Do You Prefer Medication or Non-Medicated Therapies in treating low back pain?
#1
There's a limit to how much a person can take, and I know it's better to have a good balance on pain meds and non-pharmaceutical therapies. Is there any of you who prefer just one over the other? Why?
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#3
I prefer non-medicated therapies when treating my back pain. I just feel that if I take medication then I am just covering up the symptoms and not really healing my body. I'd rather stretch it out.
#4
I also prefer non-medication therapies when treating back pain. I like getting a good massage to help me heal. I also find you can buy good creams that really help with the pain these days. I find plenty of relaxing helps me to heal.
#5
I prefer to not take medication for my disc disease. I have used heat, massage and the chiropractor. When it's really bad I will use aspirin or over the counter tylenol. About 20 years ago my Doctor would prescribe anti-inflammatories and Tylenol 3 but over a few years of using these prescription pills I got a digestion problem, for which I took digestion pills. The digestion pills ended up causing me to get cysts in my breasts. So I stopped all the prescription drugs and would just use exercise, heat and going to massage, physio-therapy and the chiropractor. I am just as well of not using these drugs. In fact maybe better off in the long run.
#6
I prefer the non-medicated therapies to help my back. I think the thing that helps it the most is stretching it every day. This helps my muscles to relax. I also like putting heat on my back and going to a chiropractor. Sometimes, a good night's rest is all it needs to feel better. Now, it is not any better after I stretch, I am not opposed to taking Alleve or some other medications, but pills are not my first course of action.
#7
I generally prefer to avoid all chemical medication where I can, so non-med therapies are right up my street. I've spent some time learning the art of good stretching techniques, and it has helped enormously. Also, I do a little tai chi when I can, but with so many different conditions to cope with, I find I can't always manage it. I do have to push myself a little, but it's worth it to feel the benefits.
#8
I don't think you will find a person who enjoys taking medication. That said, I would opt for non-medicated therapies. One of my doctors sees a therapist weekly for his chronic back pain but it can get very expensive and it is not covered by insurance in my area. I have been introduced to lots of online exercise programs but yet to be consistent at any of them. Exercise on your own calls for serious discipline and I have a lot of work to do in that area.
#9
(2013-08-09 02:45 PM)MissPotato Wrote: There
s a limit to how much a person can take, and I know it
s better to have a good balance on pain meds and non-pharmaceutical therapies. Is there any of you who prefer just one over the other? Why?
I definitely prefer non-medicated options to deal with lower back pain. I have had addiction to pills and it
s something I don
t want to revisit again. I
m not implying that I wouldn
t have the mental strength or basic function to take medication when needed. I just prefer for issues dealing with my lower back to be handle naturally without any chemical substances from pills. And it has worked. The therapies I have taken really help lessen my back pain and I have had no real issues with my back in the last 2 years.
#10
Hi there, I have had sciatica for over a year now and was in a car accident last month that also left me with a herniated disc in my lower back. I have spent more time in the emergency room and at the doctors office than I would have liked and it never failed that every time I would go they would not try and give me any soft of exercise or breathing exercises I could do to help with the pain, they would just give me a prescription for some muscle relaxers and pain killers. I felt like I took the same medicine for so long that it just does not work anymore and the last time I went to the doctor he gave me the same medicine just a higher dose and I asked him why he did that when it does not help with my pain and he could not give me a good reason. I am hoping in this forum I can find some alternative ways to help with the pain and swelling in my back.




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