It depends on whether it is nerve or muscle pain. For nerve pain anti-seizure medicines work well. For muscle muscle relaxers work. It can be a combination of both.
As Alex said, it depends on what's causing the pain. If you don't get any benefit from OTC NSAID's, like Motrin or Tylenol, Then it may be time to talk with your doc.
In my case the pain I was experiencing in my feet did not lessen at all with Motrin. It was determined to be nerve pain and responded nicely to a combination of Neurontin (gabapentin), an anti seizure medication, and Elavil (amitriptilyne) an antidepressant.
You will work with your doc to find the right med or combination of meds.
Keep us posted.
“If your leg pain is a result of a narrowing of the arteries in your legs and the pain is not severe, your doctor may initially suggest taking steps to improve the underlying condition. Quitting smoking and reaching and maintaining a healthy weight through exercise may help alleviate discomfort, along with keeping your blood pressure and cholesterol under control,” said Dr. Hsu.
Good advise you've gotten, here. I get spasms of my legs, arms, ribs, everything! I use Baclofen, I practice Yoga with an emphasis on stretching, and I alternate between Valium and medical MJ before I go to bed.
I get that occasionally, that my legs and gluteus get that achey feeling, tightness or what the medical term is, myalgia. It really hurts and sometimes I am not sure how to describe it or to pinpoint to say "its a flu-like symptom from hips down" or "it's muscle tightness from hips down" or "whatever".
Motrin 800mg does not do the trick for me when this happens. I'll take baclofen and flexeril (I have a mini pharmacy in my cabinet) to see which works. I do notice after steriods, I get myalgia too.
I would definitely go with the Kyle suggestion, discuss this with your doctor what other therapeutic modalities you can incorporate in your life (yoga, stretches, etc) and/or medication other than tylenol or Motrin that may or may not cover it.
I hope you feel better.
Thank you very much for all your wonderful suggestions! I have an appointment with the doc next week. I did yoga yesterday and that seemed to help. I will let you know what the doc's advice is but definitely tell him what your suggestions are to see what his thoughts are about what works for you.
Toodles for now.