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The Back Ache vs. The To-Do List #Aleve12Hours

It comes and goes, but it always seems to come at the worst times. It hit me on our three week road trip out to the coast of BC, and was one of the reasons why we didn’t make it all the way. It came on our most recent camping trip, making getting in and out of the tent an ordeal. And it hit me again, at the beginning of this week.

Back pain. I hate it.

I’m so strict about how often I take pain relief, and this time around I was adamant that I wouldn’t give in. That is, until my tense, aching back woke me up at 3am and refused to let me go back to sleep. I tossed and turned and then headed to the couch, where I tossed and turned some more.

I finally got up and showered at 5:30 because I couldn’t stand it anymore. The hot water did very little to ease the aching that would stab every time I moved, bringing tears to my eyes. Thankfully I was working at home that day, so I put on my comfy clothes and made it through the day.

That evening however, I realized I needed to do something about the pain. You see, the next day was my one full day off this week, and I had already set it aside to go Christmas shopping from the moment the school bus left until it came back at the end of the day. I likely wouldn’t have another chance to do this before Christmas.

I slowly made my way to the store and bought pain reliever.  I bit the bullet and took one that evening, thinking that if I could just get a full night’s sleep, I would be able to tackle half my shopping list the next day.

I went to bed at the usual time and almost jumped out of bed when my alarm went off the next morning. My first thought was “It doesn’t hurt!”

I moved slowly at first, but then realized that my back was actually pain-free! I managed to get my entire shopping and to-do list completed, and I was able to take my daughter to her evening activity, and do some more shopping! I’m sure that the pain relief I took the night before relieved my pain.

The rest of the year, I shop for fun. But at Christmas time, it becomes more a mode of survival than anything else. With gifts and party supplies and food and wrapping and decorations to buy, the list seems never-ending. But thanks to those pain relievers, I was able to get everything done that I needed to!

Have you tried Aleve? It’s designed to relieve aches and pains caused by headaches, arthritis, toothaches and you guessed it: backaches! It works for morning stiffness, and the pain you get from moving all day around on a busy day. And the relief lasts up to 12 hours, which is essential for a busy mom!20151124_185915

You know as well as I do, that if we start to slow down because of muscle or joint pain, getting back to our normal routine takes longer and longer with each passing day. Taking a pain killer reliever like Aleve allows you to keep moving and keeps the stiffness out of your joints for up to 12 hours!

I think I’ve learned my lesson. While I’m not one to depend on medication, taking pain relief when it’s really needed keeps me on track with my responsibilities and commitments.

Do you struggle with back pain? What do you do when it hits?

“Disclosure: I am part of the Bayer Influencer Campaign and I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”


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Megan is a WAHM to 3 (and then some) kids, who spends the majority of her time working as an Administrative Assistant, blogging and washing dishes. She loves to write about her adventures in parenting, running a home daycare, adoption and whatever else strikes her fancy!


  1. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    Aleve is the bomb! When I’m having aches and pains, I pop one of those bad boys, and I’m good to go all day. Love that stuff.
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  2. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    I have used Aleve many times in the past. It definitely works and it lasts as long as they say it will, too!

  3. Jeanette

    I do struggle from back pain. I have tried all sorts of stuff including the chiropractor. I have not tried Aleve. I should try that too and see if that would help relieve it between my visits to the chiropractor.
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  4. Liz Mays

    My boyfriend uses Aleve when his back starts aching too. It really allows him to go about his day without pain!
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  5. Carla Bushey

    I am a nurse for 20 years. I live on advil OR aleve. Great post thanks for sharing.

  6. tiarasandtantrums

    my brother swears by aleve for aching muscles and joints. I have never used it though

  7. Maureen Fitzgerald

    Aleve is a great alternative to Tylenol and Ibuprofen. I totally understand the aches and pains. They always seem to happen when you really don’t need them to!

  8. rika

    I experienced a chronic back pain for years. I didn’t take any medicine, i went to Chiro but still nothing

  9. OurFamilyWorld

    I don’t have these issues, but I know that Aleve is a great pain reliever. My sister takes this for her back pain.
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  10. Melissa

    This is good to know, I get back aches every time I give my dogs a bath. That bending over the tub kills my back everytime. Glad to know there is a remedy.
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  11. Maggie Branch

    I love Aleve. It was one of the few products my doctor said I could take while pregnant and the ONLY thing that helped once my son decided kicking my spine would be his favorite past time. Now we always keep it in the house.

  12. Brianna

    Aleve is the only pain reliever we use in the house beside essential oils.
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  13. Sicorra@NotNowMomsBusy

    We do use Aleve once in a while. When our backs give us grief though, we do go to the Chiropractor for an adjustment. I actually prefer that to taking any sort of medication.
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  14. Chubskulit Rose

    My husband has back pain especially in the morning. Aleve is one trusted brand at our home especially for my migraine.
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  15. HilLesha

    I seldom have back pain, but my husband experiences it quite often. He needs to check out this product!
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  16. Ann Bacciaglia

    Back pain always seem to hit in the worst time possible. I always keep a bottle of Aleve in my purse. It works really well for me.

  17. ricci

    I have back pain sometimes and Aleve is definitely my fave!! I use it for everything because it really works!!
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  18. Claudia Krusch

    Aleve is the only pain reliever we use in my house beside essential oils and other natural remedies!
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  19. lisa

    I love Aleve. I think it is one of the best pain relievers out there. It works great for headaches too.
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  20. Jeanine

    Aleve was a serious life saver when it came to my back pain a year or so ago. It’s helped with through many pains, and all it takes it 1 pill! It’s great.

  21. Michele D

    I can always count on Aleve for cramps and pains. One of my go to’s for quick relief.

  22. Bonnie @wemake7

    I have suffered from back pain for years now and can’t believe I haven’t tried Aleve yet. I will have to try this.

  23. CourtneyLynne

    I just love alieve!!! I have the worst teeth ever! They look fantastic but ughh… Tooth aches constantly! Alieve is what I take in between dentist visits.

  24. ashleigh

    My boyfriend had a very bad back injury a year into dating. I will have to mention the aleve to him.

  25. Shanéy Maharaj

    I had hectic back pain during my pregnancy. I hated going anywhere. Thank God it is fine now.
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  26. Mimi "MimiCuteLips" Green

    I don’t suffer from back aches but I do get headaches a lot. I’ve use Aleve over the years.
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  27. Tiffany @ Daily Leisure

    My dad gets back pain and it is debilitating. He also gets back spasms, does Aleve help with that? Even if it doesn’t, it would be nice for him to have less pain!
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  28. lisa @bitesforbabies

    Aleve works really well…it’s too bad I can’t take it anymore since I found out I am allergic to anything with Ibuprofen in it!
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  29. Shannon Gurnee

    I’ve never tried Aleve before, but know that back pain can be a killer! It’s especially hard when you’re trying to take care of your family! Thanks for sharing.
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  30. April Mims

    Aleve is great for pain relief. I always make sure to keep some on hand following hard runs. it’s miserable to wake up during the night in pain.
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  31. JanetGoingCrazy

    Aleve is the only pain medication that I will ever take. It works so well and I don’t have to keep taking it throughout the day. I have back pain and arthritis pain.
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  32. Phillius Thomas

    That sounds like a really interesting pain reliever if it can get rid so much pain while also lasting a long time. I would love to talk to a chiropractor about it to see what they say. They are usually really good about getting the pain to go away as well, plus you get a massage.

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