Aleve is my big gun - 2-4 at at time. I also do up to 5 Advil at once on major pain days, thankfully not often. DH has to take at least 3 and up to 5 Aleve to get any relief - Advil doesn't cut it for him.
I hate taking the stuff, but gotta do what I gotta do to get through the pain.
DH got Mobic - Metacam for humans - and it worked great but its a scrip.
Simkie- didn't realize I could stack, thanks for the info. Going to try that. Its almost Dr. time, going to give it a month or 3 more. Dug out my knee brace, and it + more Aleve is helping some.
Lest my post was in the least confusing (upon a reread, I see how it could be, and want to make sure it's absolutely clear) stack Aleve + tylenol or Advil + tylenol. I don't want to suggest to anyone that stacking Advil + Aleve would be okay. It might be, I don't know, but I would think it would increase bleeding risk.
And, as always, I'm not a doctor, YMMV, and consult your doc
I also loooove Celebrex for joint type pain, and it might be worth giving the doctor a call to score some of that. My docs have had no problems leaving me on Celebrex long term.
Oh! Yes! This, too! The cream, like for your horse, not the oral voltaren, which I understand is quite hard on your stomach (and also an rx.)
You can get Voltaren Gel from Canada for not much money from feelbest.com
Funny story: when Blush bit me and broke my arm (small fracture, not displaced, long story) I told my doctor I was using Surpass on it. She said that was an excellent idea, and told me to continue. Did not offer to write a script for the human version (which is Voltaren Gel.) My doctor isn't horsey, but I was entertained that she was a-okay with me using a horse version of a med on myself.
I like ibuprofen, usually 800mg sometimes 1000mg, for my aches and pains. I generally just take it once in the AM if I'm working or planning on doing anything physical. For me it works better than naproxen.
DH is a different story. Ibuprofen doesn't help his knees and assorted other pains associated with milking cows, construction, and now factory work. He tried naproxen...didn't help. I finally made him a Dr.'s appointment and told him to ask for something on the $4 list, like Voltaren (diclofenac). Voltaren is what the doc wrote, 75mg twice a day (standard order). For him it's been working great, and he usually only takes it in the AM. His doctor wanted him to try Celebrex, but I asked one of the docs I work with about it- he said if the cheaper stuff is working and he has no stomach issues with taking it, then there's no good reason to do the more expensive med.
Honestly, if the OTC stuff isn't working, get to a doctor or clinic so you can get a script for one of the prescription meds. Most common where I work at are Voltaren, Lodine(etodolac), and Mobic(meloxicam), and occasionally Indocin(indomethacin). We also use Toradol (ketolorac) for more severe pain, but it's so hard on the stomach that it's limited to 5 days at a time.