Favorite Painkillers: Brand Names, Generic or Homeopathic?

The knuckle on my right hand index finger has been misbehaving lately, aching and sending shooting pains up through the finger, interfering with simple tasks like cutting vegetables and extremely important tasks like knitting. It hasn’t responded to my usual trusted drug, Advil, or to its counterpart in crime, Aleve.

So off to my hand doctor I went.  An x-ray showed slight inflammation but not arthritis, perhaps a stretched ligament due to overuse. Neither surgery nor a cortisone shot would cure this ache. I was basically told I’d need to “live with it.”  He did give me a prescription pain killer that comes with a ream of warnings about what it could potentially do to me whether it eases the aches or not.

Then at yoga, one of my fellow yogis, Diane, listening to me complain about my sore finger, told me she’s been taking the CuraMed that she bought at our local health food store and her back pain has disappeared. She added that “perhaps it’s psychological; it’s really expensive.”

I haven’t tried it yet, but may if the heavy -duty stuff doesn’t work or makes me feel ill. I may also try acupuncture.

What’s your favorite painkiller? Brand name or generic? Homeopathic? Alternative medicine? Please share.





About cyclingrandma

I was a journalist (Danbury News-Times, Ct), before becoming a teacher, and continue to write for professional journals. I have written several study guides for Penguin Books and write for Education Update, a newspaper based in New York City. (www.educationupdate.com). I’ve interviewed many authors, college presidents, and scientists. I wrote “The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Jockeys” for Smithsonian Magazine's website, www.smithsonian.com. (April, 2009). Two essays have been published in book anthologies; one for Wisdom of Our Mothers, (Familia Books) and the other in “College Search and Parent Rescue: Essay for Parents by Parents of College-Going Students.” (St. Martin’s Press). I was a middle school Language Arts teacher for more than 10 years and have just completed a five year grant position under No Child Left Behind in Newark, NJ public schools. I have three children, two daughters-in law, and six grandchildren. I'm an avid cyclist, knitter, cook, and reader. I love theater, museums, and yoga.
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34 Responses to Favorite Painkillers: Brand Names, Generic or Homeopathic?

  1. I rarely take painkillers – when I have, it’s been scripted by a doctor for a specific temporary issue.

    My dad has been suffering from back pain. He has Osteoarthritis and also his discs are degenerating. Doctors say he will have pain until his discs have been squeezed out and his spine fuses together – sounds horrendous, right? They’ve given him Morphine and even that doesn’t help. I think pain is one of the hardest things to endure and live with!

    I hope you feel better soon Lisa!
    Diana xo


  2. I used Vioxx for a long time, until it was found to have serious side effects and was removed from the market. The best medicine is physical therapy. Does your yoga teacher have any moves that might help?I know they have one for carpal tunnel syndrome…


  3. Huffygirl says:

    Actually, physical therapy with a hand therapist may be just the ticket. You’ll have to let us know how it turns out.


  4. blinginit says:

    I have had back surgery due to a ruptured disc. Pain was awful. Worst ever. In fact broken bones didn’t hurt that much. After surgery I saw a homeopathic Dr and he suggested I go gluten free, peanut butter free, sugar (white) all forms and corn syrup free, stay away from all processed foods and exercise daily including walking. I do all these and I am pain free. From surgeon telling me I will always be in pain to a full and active live….with out OTC or prescription meds. LOVE IT


  5. Drjcwash says:

    I really have prescribed all pain medications. My best pain reliever is yoga, chiropractic treatment and using a rubber band to do hand exercises. Rest and avoiding overuse.


  6. Yoga doesn’t help the knuckle– might try acupuncture.


  7. susanissima says:

    If you’re talking about immediate relief, 3 Naproxines might do it. I would couple that with golden milk, an incredible anti-inflammatory beverage that cured a friend of serious arthritis. You can find the recipe here: http://stilllifewithtortillas.com/2014/01/02/the-radical-rebirth-of-s/


  8. You’re asking me?


  9. For different types of pain I’ve used everything under the sun. After surgery it was the generic for Percocet. After I discovered that the shooting electrical pain I was experiencing was caused by a nerve that was cut during surgery, I was put on gabapentin (Neurontin), and it works like a charm. In healing from the surgery for a torn tendon and broken foot, I took a lot of ibuprofen. Unfortunately, if I use it now, my feet blow up. I have switched to a turmeric (curcumin) based natural anti-inflammatory. What has helped my back after I threw it out? A cortisone shot, PT, and then energy work. When my foot was healing after surgery, I received acupuncture last fall and winter to help things along. My go to for chronic pains? Energy healing/ energy work, which includes working with a medical intuitive who can “see” energies in the physical body. Helpful when my knees were acting up and we discovered my mother’s old energy in there, hampering healing. Finally, I’ve read that sugar really increases inflammation in the body, so now that I’ve been sugar free for about six weeks, I’m curious to see if arthritic pain (not chronic pain at this point) is positively affected.


    • susanissima says:

      Hi M@M. I noticed that you mention turmeric. You might want to check out the recipe for Golden Milk (made with turmeric) that I shared in the blog listen in a comment above. My friend has completely stopped her arthritic pain and swelling using it and she is the one who gave me the recipe. It seems to work really well.


  10. You’ve had your share of pain and certainly tried lots of methods. Thanks for sharing. I’m very curious about the turmeric based pills. Also the energy healing.


  11. Judy says:

    Turmeric is great and an anti – inflammatory diet…all mentioned above. Tiger balm can also be soothing. Acupuncture will probably help too. My preferred mode for anything is herbal and/or homeopathic remedies. Good luck and let us know how it all works!


  12. I don’t have a favorite painkiller, exactly, but I do rely on my homeopathic mix called, fittingly, ‘Injury’. It’s made by Ainsworth’s in London, but you buy it on the internet. I always have some with me, and if I do any damage to myself, it really helps it to heal fast.


  13. Leah says:

    For me there’s nothing two Excedrin can’t fix. Or 800 mg of ibuprofen if it’s muscle pain. I can’t take prescription pain killers because codeine, Vicodin gives me migraines.


  14. Reflections says:

    I seldom have pain, but on the rare occasions I suffer from the pains of sciatica and osteoporosis, I take 600mgs of ibuprofen softgels. Within thirty minutes the pain is gone.


  15. I’ve been trying– still no relief and it’s chronic. Urgggg


  16. Trying the Curimed (made w/ tumeric) still no relief. Will try… thanks.


    • susanissima says:

      The thing about turmeric is that, unfortunately, it takes a while to have an effect. You have to keep it up and not give up on it. So sorry you’re in pain, Lisa.


  17. Hate that my knitting and cooking are encumbered! Will keep with the curimed for a bit, then try the golden milk.


  18. urghhhh no painkillers no thanks. GINGER!!! mmmm. thanks for the post – you might like this: sexy poems and sweet words. xx




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