Alternatives to NSAIDSNon-steroid Anti-inflammatory (NSAID) pain releivers like aspirin, acetaminophen & ibuprofen have many negative side effects. One of which is that they inhibit thryoid function which has many negative affects. Energy, weight gain, hormone balance. And skin function.
As alternatives, try consuming foods high in anti-inflammatory substances. Such as ginger, turmeric, fish, fresh fruits & vegetables. Some, like omega-3 oils, even inhibit the same pro-inflammatory processes that NSAIDs do.
For more information, including how acetominophin has been shown to be ineffective for back pain, see this article: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/04/16/tylenol-acetaminophen-pain-relief.aspx?e_cid=20150416Z1_DNL_NB_art_2&utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art2&utm_campaign=20150416Z1_DNL_NB&et_cid=DM72347&et_rid=917519618
My grandmother is told to take acetaminophen for her back pain. And it doesn't work.