Not really meds, but about a year and a half ago, I started experiencing constant pain in my upper back. anytime I performed any kind of physical activity - even normal walking. A dull, deep ache that would radiate out to my arms and hands if I kept going. An MRI showed it was a ruptured disc in my neck. The orthopedist wanted to do surgery, but I balked, and wanted to try something less drastic first.
So it was off to physical therapy, where they had me doing various exercises with an elastic band. It did nothing. Then I moved onto a steroid shot into the back of my neck, which cut the pain down to about 75%, then back to normal a week later. Then, 6 weeks at a chiropractor, which accomplished zilch. After that, cortisone shots in my back, which worked for about 4 hours.
About this time, my wife, who works in physical therapy, brought home something over one weekend that they use at her work - a Cervitrac. Basically a traction device that looks like a neck brace with an air bladder inside that you pump up manually. Instant pain relief when applied. You’re supposed to keep it on for 20-30 minutes per session, so I did that, and started seeing results that weekend. I ended up buying one (about $200) so I could take it to work, but it’s been working great - the pain is much less than it used to be and I feel like it’ll help eventually heal it to the point where there’s no pain at all.
So that’s great, but I’m kinda miffed that with all the doctors, specialists, and therapists I saw over the preceding year, no one thought to bring up traction.