Weird News – According to Research, Tylenol Is Useless for Back Pain


From Gawker:

If you are a human who has successfully survived past the age of 30, chances are you’ve experienced lower back pain, a condition brought on by excessive sitting, standing, inactivity, or moving. A new study says: there is no relief.

A new large-scale study published in The Lancet finds that acetaminophen (also called paracetamol)—the active ingredient in Tylenol and the most common pain reliever in America—is just as useless as a placebo against back pain.

No differences in the number of days to recovery were found between the treatment groups—median time to recovery was 17 days in the regular paracetamol group, 17 days in the as-needed paracetamol group, and 16 days in the placebo group. Paracetamol also had no effect on short-term pain levels, disability, function, sleep quality, or quality of life. The number of participants reporting adverse events was similar between the groups.


You know what I find to be a really good solution for back pain, though? NOTHING.

… anyone who’s ever had bad pain already knows this.  Aspirin is fine but for everything else there’s the ER.