Discussions that mention acetaminophen

Back Problems board


Found this on a site, believe ADR Mark created but not sure, I copied onto laptop and thought it could be interesting to run. Reason I thought of running as I have finally decided tonight that I must begin to take pain meds more regularly than I have. I currently only taking afternoon because I have been working and they affect my thoughts too much. But the pain is just too much. I beleive based on the chart below I would rank myself about a 7. I am working about 3 hours a day at office but no physical activities and having very difficult time with sleep.


0 - Pain Free
1 - Very minor annoyance - mild aches to some parts of the body. No pain medication needed.
2 - Minor annoyance - dull aches to some parts of the body. No pain medication needed.
3 - Annoying enough to be distracting. Over-the-Counter paid relievers
(such as Naproxen Sodium, Acetaminophen, or topical treatments) take care of it.
4 - Can be ignored if you are really involved in your work, but still distracting. Over-the-Counter pain relievers
remove pain for 3-4 hours.
5 - Can’t be ignored for more than 30 minutes. Over-the-Counter pain relievers help somewhat
(bring pain level from 5 to a 3 or 4) with pain for 3-4 hours.
6 - Can’t be ignored for any length of time, but you can still go to work and participate in social activities.
Stronger painkillers (such as Ultram) relieve pain for 3-4 hours.
7 - Makes it difficult to concentrate, interferes with sleep. You can still function with effort. Stronger
painkillers (such as Ultram) are only partially effective. (Stronger pain killers bring pain from a 7 to 4-6.)
8 - Physical activity severely limited. You can read and converse with effort. Stronger pain killers
(such as Ultram) are not effective. (Narcotic pain killers do bring this pain down to a level 3 or lower.)
9 - Non functional for all practical purposes. Cannot concentrate. Physical activity halted. Panic sets in.
(Narcotic pain killers bring the pain level down from 9 to the 4-6 level.)
10 -Totally non-functional. Unable to speak. Crying out or moaning uncontrollably - near delirium.

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Auto Accident Aug 1988
L3-4 disectomy 1989
L3-4 now re-herniated
L4-5 DDD
L5-S1 herniated
5/14--scheduled for trial stimulator implant
Hopefully to hold on for Prodisc for all 3 discs