strongest painkiller over the counter?

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I really need another type of painkiller as the prescribed anti-inflammatories dont work at all and neither does ibuprofen and paracetamol. My GP wont prescribe me anything else as he says nothing else will work for my pain and I need to do pilates or similar to relieve it. But I cant do that as I have no-one to look after my children on weekday evenings and no transport either.

I just need an effective painkiller for when it really hurts. I have chronic leg ache and other aches & pains in my back, arms, neck & head which come and go. Can anyone recommend anything?

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    Hi Beck.

    Pain control is a very difficult subject. You tell us something about where the pains are are that they are intermittent. However it will be difficult for people on the forum to give you the benefit of their experience if they can't relate their ailments to yours. Some brief indications of your diagnosis in the profile might assist in your gaining  relevant comments .

    I do hope you learn something useful to relieve you from the worst of your pain .

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    How old are you? Can you give us a bit more detail about the sort of pain? Is it one sided, both sides, joints, muscles, do you have stiffness? What have you been investigated for? And the head pain - where and what is it like?

    There are some possibilites - pain killers do just that, they don't deal with the source of the pain. The important question is what is causing it.

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      I'm 38. I have a constant ache in my legs which feels like its at right at the top of my thighs/buttock area especially the right one. Sometimes my legs feel sore especially if I've been up a lot of steps or up a hill, though I do find generally walking helps relieve the ache. Sitting down for too long can be uncomfortable unless I stretch my legs out on a chair. Sometimes I get discomfort in the middle of my back and upwards, and arm ache. The pain in my head is like short, sharp random pains and the same in my neck.

      I have had blood tests for full blood count and rheumatic/muscular conditions but everything came back clear.

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      Are you stiff when you get up in the morning? And after sitting? Do you suffer from fatigue - feeling tired even though you have just got up in the morning, more tired than is to be expected from what you have been doing?

      Some of what you are describing sounds like something called polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) but it is an illness that is more common in over 50s so many doctors refuse to believe someone under 50 can have it. However, I do know people in their 30s who have had it. PMR isn't the illness itself really and there are a lot of different underlying causes which need to be ruled out. A related illness called giant cell arteritis has been proven to happen in people in their 30s and then there are other forms of this illness which is an inflammation of your arteries. Some are found in young people rather than older ones but they are all similar.

      I take it the tests have been done by your GP? Just because "blood tests for rheumatic conditions came back clear" doesn't mean you can't have various sorts of arthritis - they told me that for 5 years too! No sign of rheumatoid factor, my ESR and CRP were normal (they are signs of inflammation) - but they are normal in about 1 in 5 patients with the rheumatism I have. Vasculitis (inflamed blood vessels) is difficult to identify without a specialist but it can cause a lot of different symptoms including arthritic pain.

      I did get a lot of benefit from Pilates - but I also was very much helped by Bowen therapy. Is that a possibility? You will know in 3 sessions if it is going to help, possibly even sooner. It is, however, not acceptable to tell someone they need to do Pilates rather than find the cause of the problem.

      Where do you live? I would be asking my GP for a referral to a rheumatologist - I can also imagine what your average GP is going to say because I'll lay odds he has you down as "hysterical female", "pre-menopausal" (though that is a possibility by the way, hormonal imbalances can also cause this sort of problem), "depressive". I'm pretty sure mine did! Had I seen a different doctor in the practice I would have been diagnosed far sooner as she had come across this before - so is that an option? A different GP? Have you a friend or family member who knows how much this affects you? Taking someone with you often concentrates a GP's mind too. 

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      I have seen different GP's within my local surgery but they all seem to say the same -muscular. They also say its down to anxiety as today I told him I find some foods get stuck in my throat over the past week. But I dont have a stressful life and I do take propranolol for anxiety which really helps but have only needed that since all this started, so cant believe its really anxiety related. My fiance knows how much I am affected by all this as I cant enjoy life properly at the moment and I cant rest properly until I know its nothing serious.
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      I wonder why the answer to everything these days is anxiety - it used to be "viral"!!

      It doesn't matter - it needs an expert to rule out underlying causes of the muscular problems which I recognise as very similar to what I have, an inflammatory arthritis and then, if it is anxiety, it needs dealing with properly. A GP is just that, a generalist, and they can make a diagnosis of anxiety when other options have been ruled out. Take the man with you and ask for a specialist referral and see if it helps. Beyond that - I can't suggest anything else unless you can afford a private appointment, which you shouldn't need but in the absence of anything better has to be an option. You need a decent one though and that depends where you are.

      Good luck.

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    It sounds like Sciatica to me. Has your GP ruled that out? There are several Yoga postures that can give immediate relief to the pain of Sciatica. If you google Yoga for Sciatica, you should get some exercises which address that pain.
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    Hi Beck

    I think you should be firm and ask for a referral to the hospital to a rheumatologist or an orthopaedic consultant to give you a proper diagnosis.....Blood tests on this sort of thing are not reliable.

    Good Luck

    Love

    Eileen

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      Hi Eileen

      Very confused now as I have found over the last day that the sore feeling down my legs and the constant ache have eased off a bit. Finding it easier going up steps now and more comfortable sitting down. After having this for 2 whole months it feels weird. Keep thinking surely it cant be anything that serious now as if it was then it would get worse not better. Have been worried about the possibility of cancer as well. I am just making sure I take it easy and dont over do things .

      Rebecca

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      That's good to hear - I do hope it continues to improve. If it comes back at any point do ask your GP to refer you. Some sorts of autoimmune arthritis can appear for a while and then disappear as the autoimmine disorder that causes the symptoms waxes and wanes. Sometimes it will go into remission for years, sometimes it will never reappear. So let's keep our fingers crossed that's what it is!

      Good luck

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    I have been buying Voltaren gel, 12 hour gel. Ebay seems to have a couple different gels, but they seems to be about the same. I tried the pills, but found that they didn't help me at all. North Carolina have new pain med laws and they have cut my prescrition pain meds in have now, so I have to find other ways to cut my pain, I found this on ebay, for not extremely high prices. Good luck.

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      You should not use Voltaren gel, which is an NSAID, together with corticosteroids. Even though it is a gel, some of the substance is absorbed into the blood stream and can contribute to gastric problems.
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