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Old 09-30-2010, 03:07 PM   #1
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ibuprofen or acetaminophen for back pain?

For back pain resulting from scoliosis - tension and soreness in surrounding muscles - would I be better off with ibuprofen or acetaminophen?
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Re: ibuprofen or acetaminophen for back pain?

I've found that Ibuprofen works better for my scoliosis. I believe that is because it reduces inflammation, whereas Tylenol doesn't. Also, heating pads have become my best friend But ice works better for some people. Or you can alternate between ice and heat. Also, physical therapy works well for pain management for some.

 
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Re: ibuprofen or acetaminophen for back pain?

thanks, yeah i thought the fact that reducing inflammation might help since I can imagine my muscles are inflamed. And youre right, I dont know what I would do without a heating pad haha. I tried physical therapy but I don't think they really knew how to help me, since they deal often with sports injuries not chronic pain.

 
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Re: ibuprofen or acetaminophen for back pain?

Physical Therapy didn't work for me either but I've heard it works well for some people. I think it really depends on the therapist, if they know what they're doing! Did you have surgery for the scoliosis or not?

 
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Re: ibuprofen or acetaminophen for back pain?

Have you tried Naproxen? It has an anti inflametory in it also.

 
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Re: ibuprofen or acetaminophen for back pain?

Ive never heard of that, it's over the counter?

 
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Re: ibuprofen or acetaminophen for back pain?

Ibuprofen (advil), Naproxen (Aleve), and Aspirin are NSAIDs. Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatories.

Tylenol (acetominphen) is not an anti-inflammatory but is a pain blocker

Some products out there contain a combination of an NSAID and acetominophen.

So both may work for you. Talk to a pharmacist who can counsel you on combining the two. The best way to consider any of these is the generic version instead of the more pricey brand names.
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