Advil or Aleve

United States
May 13, 2022 2:09pm CST
I hurt my back yesterday at my storage unit. I was trying to pull a container out from the bottom of other containers but as I did, I also turned and twisted, and that's when I felt the pain. It hurt a bit yesterday but wasn't too bad. I thought it would go away but last night when I got up to use the bathroom, I almost fell on the floor when the pain from my back shot through me. I got up today and have been using a heating pad and ice. It's better, but I really want to take a pain reliever so when we go out on our date night tonight I won't be in pain. So my question is, would you recommend I take Advil or Aleve? The internet says either would help for this problem. But I have taken Aleve before for a headache and it didn't touch the pain. Then I had to wait 6 - 8 hours before I could take a different pain reliever because that was still in my system. Whuch one do you recommend?
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@Kosgey (1682)
13 May
Sorry for the incident, I would recommend that you take a rest for almost a week. This will relieve the pain more than the painkillers.
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• United States
14 May
@Kosgey Unfortunately, I can't just lay around resting for 1 week. Plus the pain when getting up to use the restroom is too much. I will try to take it easy and not lift anything this week. Thanks for your response.
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@Kosgey (1682)
14 May
@Kouponkaren Thanks too, you are more than welcome.
@kaylachan (32893)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
13 May
Advil or Alive don't tend to work on headaches because they are actually anti inflamitories. Your back pain is probably due to the area being inflamed. So something like Advil, IbProfien or Alive should work. Now if Alive didn't work in the past, you can try Advil. You can take it every four hours.
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• United States
14 May
@kaylachan I did try Advil and it worked. But of course just for the 4 hours. I am thinking Aleve would work for a longer period of time if in fact, it does work. Advil always works for me so that's what I decided to go with.
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@kaylachan (32893)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
14 May
@Kouponkaren That's the best you can do. If you know something works, go with it.
@marlina (143958)
• Canada
13 May
Sorry, but I would never recommend anything in the "pain killer" section.
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• United States
14 May
@marlina Well, what would you recommend to help me deal with the pain of a pulled muscle that makes it even hard to stand up straight and walk?
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@marlina (143958)
• Canada
14 May
@Kouponkaren , Been there and only time did it for me. The doc did not help at all. Have you ever been to a chiropractor?
@Ladanger (14522)
• United States
13 May
I usually take at least 2 Advils and I also use icy hots. The icy hots work wonders.
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• United States
14 May
@Ladanger The 1 Advil has been working but I don't know what my night is going to be like. I will need to bring the Advil into the bedroom and put it on my nightstand in case I need it later tonight. I haven't used Icy hots. I don't have that at home.
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@Ladanger (14522)
• United States
14 May
@Kouponkaren yeah sometimes it doesn’t go away right away. Just have to keep taking them ever 6 hours or whatever works for you. The icy hot penetrates your skin. It helps with any muscle pains etc.
@JudyEv (274895)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 May
I don't know these but I use Nurofen which is probably similar to one of them. I hope your back improves quickly.
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@MALUSE (68171)
• Germany
13 May
I'd ask a pharmacist.
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• United States
14 May
@MALUSE OOPS, I read this advice too late but that would have been a good idea. I decided to take Advil and it works, but only for 4 hours at a time.
@AmbiePam (58852)
• United States
13 May
I would take Advil because I believe it has ibuprofen, which is good for injuries like that.
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• United States
14 May
@AmbiePam Thanks Amber. That is what I decided to take because it is a surefire medication for me. Tylenol never works for me so that was out from the beginning. I don't usually like to take meds anyway, but I needed something because even walking around was painful. Thanks.
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@CarolDM (182021)
• United States
14 May
I don't take either. I use a heating pad but would ask your doctor.
@LadyDuck (386459)
• Switzerland
14 May
I am sorry for your accident. In your case I think that Aleve should be better as it should have a long lasting effect.