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What are some pain relief ideas I can use to relieve pain in my upper back? The pain is around both of my shoulders and my neck. I don't think my pain requires anything strong even though it has been persisting for several months already. It feels very sharp, tingly, and tense. If I take Aleve or Tylenol I get some temporary relief but the problem is that it wears off fast (under 4 hours). I used to have a heating pad (one of the ones filled with beans you can warm up) but unfortunately it broke. I'm open to suggestions about good creams or pain patches to use. I've been using Salonpas but it doesn't do much. I have a patch on right now and forgot about it since I don't feel any relief from it. I spend a lot of time laying down so I don't think anything I'm doing is exerting my back (I don't do strenuous exercise or lifting) but I guess it's possible it could be coming from my position? And I don't carry a shoulder bag. The pain is really bad right now, so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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    • KellyKC

      305d

      BioFreeze is good as well as their patches. If you see a pain management doctor they can provide trigger injections in your upper back, neck and shoulders. Usually starts helping within 2-3 days and depending on the individual it can last 6-8 weeks.

    • KellyKC

      305d

      BioFreeze is good as well as their patches. If you see a pain management doctor they can provide trigger injections in your upper back, neck and shoulders. Usually starts helping within 2-3 days and depending on the individual it can last 6-8 weeks.

    • human1

      307d

      TENs machines can be helpful for some, I like to use it when sitting at my work desk. Physio and physical manipulation/exercises have also provided relief. I believe we are in different countries, but heat creams that also have an anti-inflammatory are best.

    • melmay

      307d

      I know exactly how you feel. I've had upper back pain for several years now and all I ever wish for is just a single day of relief. There are some really effective stretches that can help loosen up the muscles and joints (easily found on Google). One of my favourites is to sit on the floor in front of the couch and bend backwards so the back of my head sits on the seat. Every type of movement can be painful at first and I know how hard it is to get started but once you've done some gentle stretching, you should feel much less tight and more limber.

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"Several suggestions for pain relief include using heat, such as a heating pad or hot baths with Epsom salt. Over-the-counter options like Lidocaine, available in cream, gel, or patch form, or biofreeze, which is similar to icy hot without the burning, have been recommended. Other suggestions include gentle stretches, drinking enough water, and trying a tens unit. Some people also found relief from Tiger Balm patches, Bengay ointment, Motrin prescription strength, and staying hydrated. Physical therapy and chiropractic treatment were also mentioned as beneficial. For more severe pain, prescribed numbing patches like lidocaine or diclofenac could be considered."

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