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PAIN RELIEF ? CHOOSE THE CORRECT TABLET

Updated on June 18, 2013

SORTING OUT THE SPECIFIC PROBLEM

As I compose this Hub, the snow lies blanketing the UK and thousands like me have subcomed to a seasonal ailmement, in my case a chest virus which is also causing earache in my right ear. My Doctor has given me antibiotics {CEFALEXIN}Tand I am halfway through the 21 tablet, one tablet three times daily, course. No noticeable improvement to date by the way ! The side effect of earache has seen me turn to the old cure all, Paracetamol, and that seems to be helping calm the throbbing ache in my ear. Usually, this "ache" is caused by my wife of course but as I still had it when she was out, I know that this time at least, she is blameless. Anyway, the Paracetamol is sorting the pain symptoms and hopefully the antibiotics will soon win the battle over the cause and save me a Chest X-Ray. All this made me think however, as to what level of effectiveness pain killers have according to the pain we take them to deal with. I would hazard that most people are like myself and take their usual favourite for all minor pains they get. However, last week, I came across a really good analysis of painkillers and just what is the most effective to take for different types of minor pains and discomforts.

Apparently, I am typical of most people in my usual purchase of paraceteamol when not seeking advice from the Doctor but it seems these may only have a 1 in 4 effectiveness.

CONSEQUENTLY, THEFOLLOWING INFORMATION MAY BE OF HELP IN DETERMINING WHAT TO TAKE FOR RELIEF FROM WHAT PAIN. FORMULATED BY A PAIN MEDICINE SPECIALIST, THE LIST BELOW IS WORTH PRINTING OFF AND PUTTING IN THE MEDICINE DRAWER AT HOME FOR FUTURE CONSULTATION AS AND WHEN THE NEED ARISES

TREAT THOSE SYMPTOMS

1. Common Headache.

Aspirin, Paracetamol, Ibrufen. Also drink plenty of fluids to hydrate the body. In severe cases, acupuncture, massage ,meditation and yoga can help.

2. Toothache.

Codeine , Paracetamol and the old natural help, oil of cloves. Then see the Dentist !

3.Back Pains.

Paracetamol. Then visit the Doctor for diagnTosis sooner rather than later.

4. Neck Pains.

Ibrufen Gels., Tramadol {for more intense pain}

5. Shooting or Stabbing Pains.

Ibrofen with Paracetomel. Codeine can also be added. If no relief go the Doctor for specific diagnosis. These pains are often related to nerve irritation in the lower back and legs. They can be caused by nerve damage from diabetes.

6. Arthritis.

Ibrufen. Also, my alternative remedy , as read by many on Hub Pages, copper coins on the insoles. This seems to assist many people.

7. Period Pains.

Paracetamol. If no benefit, see the Doctor as fibroids may be causing the trouble if pains are very severe..

8. General Body Ache.

Paracetamol and Codeine mixture {Co- codamol} will generally help but if the condition becomes more generally disabling then consult the Doctor swiftly.

From the above it emerges that our trusted favourites, Paracetamol and Ibrufen are useful for most things but above all the message is not to allow oneself to be lulled into a sense of false security by self diagnosis. Failure to consult a Doctor in reasonable time whilst relying on painkillers and hope can cause harm beyond that which may be initially thought. Remember, pain, whilst unwelcome, is the body talking to us to let us know there is something wrong. The best advice I ever received from a Doctor was simply to listen to my body. That has served me well over the years, so remember please, if the painkiller does not work quite quickly, it will probably not work at all and it tells you that professional help and advice is required. As any medically trained person will say, painkillers treat only the symptom but not the cause. A thought to keep always to the fore when reaching for those tablets.

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