Many of us suffer or may have suffered of back pain in some point of our lives, and although you might think of taking an aspirin or ibuprofen to alleviate the pain, a new research suggests it may not be more effective than a placebo.
Although Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs may usually be taken as a countermeasure to back pain, this new research says that any relief you may feel, may be only a simple placebo effect. In addition to that, like all drug, these double the chance of developing gastrointestinal bleeding and may increase the chances of cardiovascular problems, which means that taking that, not only doesn’t keep the pain away, but also brings additional possible problems.
In the study, researchers from the George Institute for Global Health in Australia, analyzed data from a total of 6065 patients. They found out that for every patient claiming to be relieved of the back pain, another six claimed they didn’t experienced any relief. And this is not all, according to a previously 2015 study, acetaminophen (paracetamol) is of no use to the relief of this kind of pain too.
But at least looking at the bright side of things, for the majority of people, back pain is only a self-solving short term problem, so, although it might not be comfortable, you still can live through it without major problems.
For those who experience ongoing pain, well, at least now you know that such drugs are no more helpful to relieving your pain that a good old tea. The research was published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.