Pain is an unpleasant sensation designed to warn the body of potential damage and can have many different causes. Thankfully, most pain is caused by minor conditions and can be treated easily, quickly and effectively. The most common types of pain we help our patients with include headache, muscular pain, dental and period pain.
A headache maybe caused by a virus, blocked sinuses, dehydration, eye strain, neck and shoulder strain to name but a few. A relatively minor headache will respond well to fluids and painkillers which should have some effect with 30 minutes or so. Some of the ways you can help relieve a headache include;
- Ibuprofen- A quick-acting product such as Nurofen Express Max can be used for adults. The 400mg tablets are the strongest you can purchase without a prescription. The convenient one tablet dose can be taken with food and water every 8 hours as required
- Drink a large glass of water and eat healthily. Avoid alcohol.
- A decongestant can help reduce sinus pain (Sudafed or Sinutab)
- Get some rest and avoid screens
- A cooling mask such as Kool ‘n’ Soothe can help
- See your GP is headaches occur regularly or during exercise.
Back pain, aching limbs or a stiff neck can often be caused by a strained or pulled muscle during exercise, sleep or everyday life. This type of pain can often last several days, so some pain relief is essential if we are to keep up with day to day life. This type of pain will often respond well to an anti-inflammatory painkiller (Ibuprofen) and heat therapy;
- Medicated plasters such as Nurofen Durance target the exact site of the pain (patients over 16 years of age only) and conveniently last for 24 hours
- Nurofen Express 400mg for adults. One tablet every 8 hours (always with food) will give the maximum pain relief available without prescription. If you take these for several days, you will also experience anti-inflammatory benefits from the Ibuprofen
- Anti-inflammatory gels can give quick relief and have minimal side-effects e.g.Voltarol Emulgel Extra-Strength 2%
- Heat therapy is most conveniently delivered by a patch. This will decrease the pain and offers a drug-free therapy for muscle pain. Try Thermacare patches for the lower back or neck
- Resting sore muscles will often help. However, back pain is often best addressed by gentle movement
- Compression and supports can help depending on the injury. Ask your pharmacist about your options as there are lots of different versions
- Massage of the area can improve blood supply to the injury and promote healing. It also feels good and relaxes the mind
You can treat dental pain while awaiting a dentist’s appointment. This kind of pain can be severe and hard to tolerate. We would recommend a strong, fast-acting product such as Nurofen Express Max. This will work for around 8 hours. If you are needing pain relief overnight Panadol Night maybe helpful and will aid restful sleep.
Painful periods or menstrual cramps will generally last for a day or two. They will be felt as throbbing or cramping pains in the lower abdomen. For some women this pain will be mild, while in others in can be quite severe. Sometimes other symptoms such as headache, diarrhoea and nausea may accompany the abdominal pain. Our tips include;
- Take Ibuprofen for the pain as soon as it starts or the day before your period is due e.g. Nurofen Express Max. This can greatly reduce cramping pain when your period begins
- Apply a heat pack or to the abdomen or use a hot water bottle
- Drink lots of water. This will help relieve bloating
- Try to eat foods rich in calcium & magnesium or try a supplement such Sona Cal/Mag
- Get some rest
*when taking medication, please always remember to read the label carefully
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