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Can medication help back pain?

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If needed, medication can help relieve pain so you can sleep better. These may include pain killers, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants, antidepressants, and topical treatments. Short-term use of sleep medications may also help some people.

From: Sleeping Well With Low Back Pain WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Heffner, K. , January 2011. The Clinical Journal of Pain

The Better Sleep Council: "Americans Get Physical After a Good Night in Bed," "The Better Sleep Guide."

University of Missouri-Columbia: "Mechanical Low Back Pain."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 16, 2019

SOURCES:

Heffner, K. , January 2011. The Clinical Journal of Pain

The Better Sleep Council: "Americans Get Physical After a Good Night in Bed," "The Better Sleep Guide."

University of Missouri-Columbia: "Mechanical Low Back Pain."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 16, 2019

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