Acetaminophen (Tylenol and generic) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories, such as ibuprofen (Advil and generic) or naproxen (Aleve and generic) are good first-choice drugs to treat lower-back pain. But NSAID prescription medication, such as diclofenac , could be considered if those aren't sufficient. Be wary of narcotic pain relievers—opioids such as hydrocodone (Vicodin and generic), oxycodone (Oxycontin and generic), oxycodone and aspirin (Percodan and generics), or oxycodone with acetaminophen (Percocet and generic) to treat your back pain. They are only moderately effective in treating long-term chronic pain , and their effectiveness can diminish over time. They have also not been studied sufficiently for long-term use.
My doctors Insisted on them for the past 18 years, the scar tissue was so thick the doctors had difficulty driving in the epidural needles, it would hurt so much his nurse would hold her hand over my mouth so the patients in the waiting room couldn’t hear me ,after so many injections he refused to see me unless he could knock me out first, And The Ironic part was the shots barely relieved the pain for maybe a week then right back for more shots in the torcher chambers, they have had me on Oxicotton & The Whole Gambit of Pain relievers, to the point I couldn’t even walk ,I have fallen Many times spraining my Wrists And Hurting other parts of my body ,And Forget about going up & down stairs I have fallen several times on the stairs hurting my back and Neck. The pain gets so severe I cant Relieve the pain weather I sit, stand, lay, Even the Pain Machine Just reduces it rather than minimizes my pain ,And to make Matters worse. The Company I use to work for says that they are only responsible for the Original Injuries, Not the Many Injuries I have received Because of the Original Injuries , And Their Incompetent workmen’s comp doctors.