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DragnHeart posted 8/20/2013 06:35 AM

Went to my doc because I hurt both my knee and elbow (separate incidents). Doc said I had "tennis elbow". Said to take ibuprofen three times/day, rest...same for knee.

Elbow is better. Knee is NOT. It feels like I am being stabbed in the side of the knee with a hot poker...Pain keeps me awake at night.

Wh is dragging me to the walk in clinic tonight but in the mean time which of the above meds works better?

The ibuprofen seems to take the edge off enough that I can limp around but I do have acetaminophen with 8mg codeine.

Williesmom posted 8/20/2013 07:06 AM

I have good luck with Aleve (generic name of Naproxin).

Sad in AZ posted 8/20/2013 07:10 AM

Try the Aleve; if it doesn't work and you are not getting your sleep, take the aceto with codeine at night and iburprofen during the day.

knightsbff posted 8/20/2013 07:24 AM

It's safe to take both Tylenol and ibuprofen. They are metabolized differently and they work well together. Take them 3 hours apart to get better coverage.

DragnHeart posted 8/20/2013 07:34 AM

Thank you all :)

I have been really struggling with this pain. Was trying to not take anything and keep mobile but I failed miserably yesterday. wh was upset that I wouldn't go to the hospital last night.

Our Neighbours daughter hurt her knee. She was outside yesterday and we looked like twins limping around. They spent four hours at the walkin clinic last night, got an x-ray and she's going for an ultrasound.

I expect the same tonight.

tushnurse posted 8/20/2013 13:51 PM

The worst thing you can do is try to muscle through the pain. If you ahve something injured, or inflammed the Ibuprofen/Motrin will help that. You can take the tylenol as well, alternating the two. But for the love of Pete, don't add alcohol in. Tylenol is metabolized by the liver, and can be toxic with even small amounts of alcohol.

Good luck tonight.
Try the RICE method.
Rest, Ice, Compression (like an ace wrap), and elevation.

click4it posted 8/20/2013 13:53 PM

Ask your doctor if you can get a prescription for an 800mg ibuprofen. When I used to have my gall bladder attacks, this took the pain away immediately. Its not neceassarily good on the stomach for long term, but short term it should be fine. Hope you are pain free soon!

DragnHeart posted 8/20/2013 14:07 PM

I know trying to muscle through the pain is dumb. Just hate going to the doctor. And because I can't get Into my GP it's the ER or walk in clinic (walk in first. If they see fit I'll get sent to the hospital across the street for X-rays).

Thanks for all the info. I didn't know I could alternate the two meds. Pain seems to be better controlled today.

MissesJai posted 8/20/2013 14:11 PM

I prefer Aleve.

hurtbs posted 8/20/2013 17:39 PM

It's the codein not the acetaminophen that will really kill the pain

Ibuprofen is an antinflamtory and you can take higher doses for longer. acetaminophen is hard on liver and kidneys.

I have bladder issues and ibuprofen causes it to become inflamed. :/

DragnHeart posted 8/20/2013 17:50 PM

We are kinda blocked in due to the auction. Probably won't get into the clinic tonight. Ugh!

I was kept awake most of last night. It just ached so bad and no position was comfortable. I got up to use the bathroom and got a warm compress. That eased the pain right away.

Phoenix1 posted 8/20/2013 20:09 PM

800mg of ibuprofen is a typical adult dosage anyway. Don't need a script for that as you can simply take four 200mg tablets. The 800mg pill (which I have) just makes it more convenient (one pill vs. four). This info is from my orthopedic physician for some chronic joint issues.

DragnHeart posted 8/20/2013 21:13 PM

Wh and I were sitting down for a movie when my father came over with a hot water bottle and hot pack (you flex it and it gets hot, boil and it goes solid again). I had a warm cloth on it then switched to ice and I can actually walk.

I'll try the ibuprofen tonight. Tried the acetaminophen/codeine ealier and it didn't do anything. I was given codeine alot by my old doc when suffering badly from migraines. I wonder if you can become immune to it. Eventually I would be taken to the hospital to receive a Demerol shot when the migraine was bad and even that didnt work.

Here's hoping for some sleep

caregiver9000 posted 8/20/2013 21:25 PM

I saw the topic and my smart ass answer/thought was "yes."

I like Aleve too, but it upsets my stomach very badly if I don't eat first.

As a migraine sufferer, codeine and "traditional" pain meds make it worse. Immediate vomiting. Best thing I ever did for my migraines was the beta blocker for my high blood pressure. Won't help your knee...

Rest so you can heal. Manage pain so you don't have pain response getting in the way of healing.

I am guessing since you don't walk on your elbow it got better faster.

DragnHeart posted 8/20/2013 21:37 PM

I am guessing since you don't walk on your elbow it got better faster.

It's better than my knee but not 100% yet. Dominant hand. It was so swollen and hurt so bad down into my hand that I dropped my coffee mug (that's a crime ya know, wasting coffee ).

It's still tender but yes much better than it was.

As for migraines I was put on so many different meds over the course of 15 years I don't even remember them all. Propranolol stands out. The one day at the ER I remember fondly. I had gone to the walk in clinic. They assumed since I was throwing up I had the flu. When I said "no it's a migraine" the doctor came right in and I was sent to the ER, put in a dark area and given Demerol. When I came home I was still heaving badly my mom called the hospital who told her if she has gravel suppositories give that to me. Ya not lol.

My migraines came with severe dizziness, partial loss of vision, numbness in my mouth, sensitivity to light and sound and tingling in my hand. Almost looked like I was having a stroke. I had Cat Scans and MRI's.

I still get them but no where near as bad.

InnerLight posted 8/21/2013 00:14 AM

If there's inflammation ice / cold is uch better than heat.

tushnurse posted 8/21/2013 08:26 AM

If this is a new injury you SHOULD NOT be using heat, you should be using ICE. ICE decreases swelling and allows the tissues to start healing. Heat although it relaxes the muscles around it, really does nothing to promote healing, and can actually slow healing. If you find that it gives you relief try alternating. Do Ice for 15 minutes, give yourself a 30 min break, then do heat for 15 min. Then back to Ice. Sleep with Ice on it though. Make sure you have a compression sleeve, or ace wrap on it as well this helps to push the swelling away, and allows the tendons/ligaments/muscles to start to heal. It also supports the surrounding muscles to give it strength, and make getting around easier.

Aleve and Motrin/Ibuprofen work the same way but many people find one works better than the other. It's ok to epxeriement.

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