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Your friendly local pretend doctor here -- yes, it's better to be up and moving, but it sounds like he could use a back brace and something to reduce inflammation. Aspirin (the plain real stuff), if he can take it, is best for inflammation (and easiest on the liver). It's not necessarily constant pain. It's stabs. And the fear of another stab causes tensing, which guarantees another stab. That's why a brace helps; it allows the muscles to relax, taking pressure off the nerves.

For you, I prescribe that glass of wine. And a reminder that no one dies of pain stabs.


~~Silk - He has two back braces and uses them simultaneously. He is trussed up so much he looks like the Michelin man. He can't take aspirin, though. The worst is over, though. He actually left the house yesterday.

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