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What is the best OTC treatment for severe back pain ? I use a back brace now and it helps a little ~ folks with back pain know my dilemma ~

I tried acupuncture and it helped a little bit although, the cost can be too much for the (much needed) additional treatments

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Have you tried hypnosis? How do you know you have pain? It's registered in the mind. If the mind doesn't recognize it, there is no pain. Anesthetics work to block pain from reaching the brain so you can have invasive surgery without pain. Hypnosis works the same way. If the mind doesn't recognize pain, there is no pain.

If you are working with an ethical hypnotherapist, they will insist treatment comes with a doctor's referral. You don't want to cover up pain that is a symptom of an underlying problem that needs to be fixed. Look into it. It might be the help you're looking for,

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I am 41 had back problems 30 of those years. In fact I have to take Fentanyl every 48 hours. " that drug is very bad"

All the advice I could give you is
Heat , heating pad , do you have a hot tub? if not then the bathtub will work fine . " anti inflammatory - Advil , another good one that has worked for me is " Alieve"

Also thermacare and Icy Hot make all kinds of diffrent sized heat packs that last anywhere from 8-12 hours.

My advice would be Hottub !!!!

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The first great over-the-counter medication is the NSAID or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug like ibuprofen or naproxen. They are both considered milder analgesics and are the first tier of treatment. Another best drug to use is Tylenol, which is not an NSAID.

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What's the cause? Is it serious like previous back surgery, blown discs, etc.? Otherwise I've always been told that you need to get stronger belly muscles and all those "core strength" muscles.

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Have the fusion surgery.

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I herniated 4 discs in my lower years ago. Stretching and building core strength has done wonders. I still have daily pain but its mild. Just enough to keep me aware of how I lift and work

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