- Ibuprofen: When I first developed pain in my back, I took a fair amount of ibuprofen, which worked pretty well. Sometimes I would switch to acetaminophen for a few days to give my stomach lining a rest.
- Cyclobenzaprine: A muscle relaxant. Worked fairly well for a couple of weeks in combination with a shot of
- Prednisone: The most common steroid. Can be taken by injection or orally. I was given an injection.
- Percocet: When my back pain threatened to become disabling my doctor prescribed percocet, a combination of 5 mg of oxycodone & 325 mg of acetaminophen. He ordered an MRI and by the time the fracture in my vertebrae was found--caused by "something" pushing on it--the prescription had run out. Because oxycodone is highly addictive, I was switched to
- Gabapentin: Nobody know how this works, but it is used primarily as an anticonvulsant, but also for pain that originates in nerve tissue. It didn't work for me & it made me nauseated. I'm no longer taking it, having gone back to percocet, which can also make me want to throw up, which is why I'm also now taking
- Ondansetron: An anti-nausea drug I haven't looked up on the Mayo Clinic website, my usual practice. At least two of the drugs above can cause constipation, so I'm also taking
- Docusate Sodium: A stool softener.
Before even having a complete diagnosis, I have accumulated a small pharmacopeia, mostly analgesic.