Most patients with back pain of unknown cause are given muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatories, or painkillers. Drugs for pain range from over-the-counter analgesics to
Studies show muscle relaxants and narcotic analgesics aren't likely to help. More and more doctors are giving patients newer types of anti-inflammatories. However, the ability of these medicines to reduce pain is under question. It may be that doctors' practices are influenced more by marketing from drug companies than by results.
Until more is known, patients are often told to take a nonnarcotic analgesic for pain while remaining as active as possible. Check with your local pharmacist for the best over-the-counter product to take. If you continue to have pain that comes more and more often and lasts longer and longer, see your doctor.