Your emergency physician thinks that your pain will be best managed with non-opioid medications. Non-opioid medications, such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), naproxen (Aleve), or acetaminophen (Tylenol), may be as, or more, effective than opioids, especially for chronic pain. They are also much safer.
If you have pain, try taking over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), naproxen (Aleve), or acetaminophen (Tylenol) as directed, or your emergency physician may have prescribed you a non-opioid medication.
Always take only as much medication as directed, as taking too much can be harmful to your health.
You may find that massage and acupuncture help some kinds of pain. Heat and cold compresses can also be helpful with some types of pain. Regular stretching, over-the-counter creams and lotions (such as capsaicin, lidocaine, or salicylic acid), or lidocaine patches may also be helpful.
Other non-opioid alternatives for pain control to consider include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Biofeedback, and Exercise Therapy. More information is available from the CDC at: https://www.cdc.gov/opioids/providers/prescribing/pdf/nonopioid-treatments-facthseet.pdf
Schedule a follow-up appointment with your primary care provider within one week to discuss your emergency room visit and to re-evaluate your pain.
Return to the emergency room if you experience new pain, severely worsening pain, or any other new or concerning symptoms.
Created by the Public Health and Injury Prevention Committee - Reviewed by the Board of Directors, June 2017