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Old 02-21-2008, 09:30 PM   #61
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In my experience, advil seems to have a small bit more punch to it than alleve, but alleve lasts twice as long.

I think its bad to mix them in the same dose.

If something is really sore, I take advil. If I want something to last all night (quit laughing), I take alleve.
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Old 02-21-2008, 09:32 PM   #62
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In my experience, advil seems to have a small bit more punch to it than alleve, but alleve lasts twice as long.

I think its bad to mix them in the same dose.

If something is really sore, I take advil. If I want something to last all night (quit laughing), I take alleve.
Aren't you confusing one blue pill for another?
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Slow and easy, right over the plate.

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Ibuprofen and naproxen are both NSAIDs (non-steroidal antiinflammatories). Their efficacy is the same, given equivalent doses. Ibuprofen is a bit gentler on the stomach but most people don't notice a difference. Naproxen lasts a bit longer - read the directions closely.

If you can find naproxen (Aleve and others) I'd be surprised if you can't find ibuprofen.
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T-Al, seems you may want to get a little more height on your piano bench so that your feet are flat on the ground. This should prevent your thighs from being parallel to the ground. ?
It might also make it harder to work the pedals, though.
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I am continuing to have chronic back pain. It's now a tightness in the lower back, upper buttocks area. Sometimes the tightness moves to the lower thighs (sometimes one side, sometimes the other).
Sorry to hear about that. Hope you get better.

DW is having similar problems with the upper back and shoulder lately. She has been to multiple specialist. They spotted some minor problems. For her shoulder, she has a minor problem with a rotator cuff and a small bone spur. The Doc indicated that is was (relatively minor... surgery not recommended) inflamed and gave her a cortisone shot. Her shoulder is better. But now her upper back is having problems. We (Doc and me) believe it is because of the stress and she was so tense due to the shoulder that the back pain is the result of favoring her shoulder for several months. We have confidence that it will get better. But for now she is nagged by it daily. She is doing some exercises and taking advil.


She had similar pain about 10 years ago and it eventually went away (took several months).

Good luck. Hang in there.
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Ibuprofen and naproxen are both NSAIDs (non-steroidal antiinflammatories). Their efficacy is the same, given equivalent doses. Ibuprofen is a bit gentler on the stomach but most people don't notice a difference. Naproxen lasts a bit longer - read the directions closely.

If you can find naproxen (Aleve and others) I'd be surprised if you can't find ibuprofen.
I brought a bottle of Aleve with me too. So as I run out of the Advil, I will subsitute with Aleve. Waste not want not ...
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Sorry to hear about that. Hope you get better.

DW is having similar problems with the upper back and shoulder lately. She has been to multiple specialist. They spotted some minor problems. For her shoulder, she has a minor problem with a rotator cuff and a small bone spur. The Doc indicated that is was (relatively minor... surgery not recommended) inflamed and gave her a cortisone shot. Her shoulder is better. But now her upper back is having problems. We (Doc and me) believe it is because of the stress and she was so tense due to the shoulder that the back pain is the result of favoring her shoulder for several months. We have confidence that it will get better. But for now she is nagged by it daily. She is doing some exercises and taking advil.


She had similar pain about 10 years ago and it eventually went away (took several months).

Good luck. Hang in there.
Thanks Chinaco, I had 3 epidural cortisone shots too... didn't do a thing for me... 'Dr. Pain' sent me to a physical therapist. 3x week for 14 weeks.
I have followed up with daily (well almost) exercises that I learned from the pt. If I skip too many days of exercise I really FEEL IT.
You may want to see if pt might be helpful for your DW. Hope she gets better too.
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I do have spinal stenosis and I tried it... and I find I don't have the mobility to keep my stomach on the ground and get any height when I stretch backwards. My lower back and legs (I think the hamstrings) feel REAL tight. I will gently try this and see if I get any additional mobility.

What about spinal stenosis makes this stretch aggravate the symptoms?
Thanks for the warning.
Well, when you have stenosis, essentially the space where the nerves come out from the spine has narrowed. When you extend the lumbar region of the spine (i.e. bend backwards, like the cobra position), you narrow that space even further, and may end up placing even more pressure on the nerves and the soft tissues (ligaments, etc.) in that region. The result is often increased pain, numbness in the legs, etc., depending on how severe the stenosis is.

On the other hand, flexion biased exercises tend to relieve the symptoms, since this movement increases the space between the vertebrae where the nerves come out. I would suspect your PT has given you these types of exercises (single knee to chest, double knee to chest, etc.) in addition to your hamstring stretches.

The situation is typically reversed for someone with an acute herniated disc; flexion based exercises typically worsen their symptoms as the pressure on the disc from flexing the spine tends to push the herniation out farther. (Note I said typically...interventions vary depending on how acute the symptoms are, if they have a lateral shift, etc., etc....there are often many other factors to consider.)

Of course, the typical patterns I've described above are not always the case, as some individuals do not present with classic symptoms and treatment is never black and white. If it were, treating back pain would be a breeze! That is why exercise prescription is individualized and one person's physical therapy program may look quite different from another's.

I hope this helps!

P.S. guess I should give the usual disclaimer that the info provided above is for educational purposes only and should not be construed as personal medical advice. Consult your own PT for specific advisement, etc. ,etc.
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I hope this helps!
Yes it does. Thank you.
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T-Al, seems you may want to get a little more height on your piano bench so that your feet are flat on the ground. This should prevent your thighs from being parallel to the ground. ?
Well, I've already got it too high.
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Leg shortening?

(no, its not a product used for frying)
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Well, I've already got it too high.
? guess it's time to pick back up the Trombone then?
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Today I was starting on making a piano bench that would have an adjustable tilt. I was going to use the legs from my existing bench, and I suddenly realized that if I turned the bench 90 degrees, and let one leg be longer than the other, I'd be all set. I'll try it on the next gig.

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Wow, those are some enormous headphones...
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They don't make them like they used to. 75 cents at a garage sale.
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Did they come with a pair of groucho marx glasses?

By the way, i'm scrutinizing that photo down to the pixel looking for odd holes, protuberances, scratches, dents and other detritus to comment about.
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By the way, i'm scrutinizing that photo down to the pixel looking for odd holes, protuberances, scratches, dents and other detritus to comment about.
That's interesting, cause I spent a lot of time going over it, making sure there wasn't anything weird showing. Also, to make sure no one could find my house based on any clues. Did you try to read the title of the book on the top of the pile of music?
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Actually I didnt do anything at all except notice the giant headphones. But I figured after questioning the hole in the last photo that you'd want to thoroughly evaluate any pictures you post. So it was well worth it.

Dont worry, as soon as you drop your guard I'll find something.

We know where your house is. Want to see the feed from the live actioncam we nailed to a tree in your yard? Oh...and put on some pants, please?
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We know where your house is. Want to see the feed from the live actioncam we nailed to a tree in your yard? Oh...and put on some pants, please?
Yup. Just look for the house with the bubble wrap on the window!
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