Pain releif?

nancyjane_gardener(Zone 8ish North of San Francisco in the "real" wine country)January 7, 2012

I have some shoulder/back issues that aren't being helped by my beloved chiropractor.

I've been x-rayed and nothing significant has showed up except for an impinged shoulder.

I've been doing all of the exercises that the chiro/Dr have given me with no relief in sight!

I've been taking Naproxin for weeks, til it finally took a toll on my stomach. I don't feel comfortable taking it or Tylenol (do you want to trash your stomach or liver?) right now.

Does anyone have any ideas for some pain relief?

I've heard willowbark or bromelin (sp) might be in the running.

My Dr is also an herbologist, but I don't want to bother her unless I have to!

TIA Nancy

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First, it's not clear your chiropractor could diagnose shoulder impingement (damage caused by injury and swelling to rotator cuff muscles) just by an x-ray. Physicians who diagnose this condition typically prescribe avoidance of repetitive activity that causes pain, stretching exercises/physical therapy and an anti-inflammatory drug (not all will help a given patient).

Willow bark contains salicin, similar to what's found in aspirin and can cause similar side effects (i.e. stomach distress and allergic reactions, as well as severe kidney problems in some people.

I'd look for a proper diagnosis before taking any more drugs, herbal or otherwise.

Here is a link that might be useful: Shoulder impingement syndrome

    Bookmark   January 7, 2012 at 9:45PM
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