Oh, I'm so glad someone gave you a response!

My work is a non-narcotic workplace, and I had to declare the possibility of codeine in my system when I took my drug test. When I get bad asthmatic bronchitis the codeine cough syrup is the magic elixir for getting me to stop coughing enough to breathe. However, it totally knocks me out, so when the nurse doing my drug test told me I couldn't work on it, I told her not to worry - I couldn't GET to work on it, and had delayed the test until I was well enough to be off it so I could get there. I have trouble walking across a room in one go with narcotics. And apparently I'm quite funny when I try to speak...




I hope you got a response from your dr by now.
I use 800mg ibuprofen every 4-6 hrs as needed for acute problems in addition to other meds. Or naproxen sodium (Aleve), I can take around 1500mg a day.
Other things that may help
Epsom salt soak several times a day (I hate soaking so I use magnesium oil)
Rubbing bio freeze or tiger balm on the area a few times a day
TENS unit (can you borrow one)
Elevate
Ice
Corny as it sounds, I like to use binaural beats to help with pain.
From Dr Tennant
CRITICAL INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO TAKE THESE PAIN RELIEVERS
1. Take Ibuprofen and Naproxen with another drug which I call a "potentiator", since it makes these pain relievers more "potent".
2. Listed here are the potentiators you should try with ibuprofen or naproxen.
Initially try one of each with ibuprofen or naproxen to find out which is the most effective.
a. Acetaminophen - 1 tablet
b. Excedrin® - 1 tablet
c. Aspirin - 1 tablet
d. Immodium® - 1 tablet **
e. Benadryl® - 1 capsule of 25mg
Caution: If any of these cause you nausea, vomiting, bleeding, or black stools, you must stop them. Take an antacid, milk, or Pepto-bismol if you have nausea. Black stools are caused by internal bleeding, and you will need to consult a doctor if this occurs.
** Immodium® is the trade name for loperamide which is the only opioid drug that is non-prescription. It is sold over- the-counter for treatment of diarrhea although it has pain relieving effects when taken with ibuprofen or naproxen. Too much could possibly cause constipation.

Dr Tennant is a world renowned pain specialist and has a lot of info here
Pain Management Patient Self-Help
Go to What to Do While Looking For a Good Dr
Originally Posted by crimsonshedemon
This is slightly misleading in that pepto bismol will turn your stool black...
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