Originally posted by Mr Jones
I thought you were about to recommend amputation there for a minute...
lol I did, too
On a more serious note, missy, I one of the things that I've noticed that every post I've seen so far has failed to mention is the actual dosage that a chiropractor/DO (osteopathic doctor) would recommend in your situation.
Frequently after having surgery, the doctor will write a *prescription* for pain medication that exceeds the maximum amount of medicine that without a doctor's approval a person could self-administer. Frequently the surgeon will explain that ______ mg Ibuprofin will most likely be enough to relieve the pain, but if not, he's given a prescription to use in case you needed more.
The package of Ibuprofin says take 1 tablet every x hours, and if 1 tablet doesn't help, 2 may be used. The maximum recommended dosage is 6 tablets in 24 hours.
Each ibuprofin tablet is 200 mg (painkillers require a much higher number of mg to work compared to, for example, stimulants like ritalin, dexedrine, etc.
Chiropractors generally suggest that in addition to the recommended treatments (heat or whatever else they suggest, such as stretches (depending on what's being treated and what stage of healing you're in)) that if the pain still bothers you, to take 3 tablets every x hours (same number of hours as on package).
This is still quite safe, but if you need more than 3 Ibuprofin tablets every x hours, I would call a doctor just to be on the safe side before going to a higher dosage. I will not post the true safest max as it is alarmingly high (to say the side effects are horrible is an understatement), but I can say 3 for a sprained muscle/overstretched tendons/ligaments is considered normal.