I recently started a new job that involves a lot of bending, squatting and reaching, only a little heavy lifting that I have recently been opting out of with my employer being understanding. I've had back aches when starting a new physical job before but the pain has always stopped after getting shape or whatever the reason might be after 3-4 weeks. Even the job I had two years ago where all I did all day was lift heavy logs, my back hurt at first but quickly stopped bothering me.
Six weeks I have been at this job and my back still hurts. It hurts a bit when I wake up every day but I work through it at work and quickly get past being bothered. The weekends are my main trouble. Every weekend I try to relax and am mindful of my posture but the pain does not go away unless I do something strenuous for a few hours.
Ibuprofen seems to help a bit. I currently use a dollar store brand, I wonder if name brand would help or if another type of mild pain killer would be better. I want to avoid opiates or strong pain pills if I can as a former/recovering drug addict.
I cant afford a doctor visit and imagine I would just be given strong pain pills there anyway. I hope I can get some general advice. Maybe a strip mall massage parlor would be helpful?View Thread
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