I use a witch Hazel compress on inflamations that needs reducing. I stick to paracetamol generally but use the variety with caffine in as that makes the effect stronger. (could bore you with the science of why but wont) Watch out for codeine. Some people are allergic to codeine and it is addictive and you can very easily become codeine dependant (it happened to meover a 2 month period whilst waiting for knee surgery and not taking it every day or maximum dose).
Heat and cold compresses are also useful depending on the type of problem. You willing to divulge area of problem /type (eg pain pain+inflam) could advise which i would use if you like but you have to get a feel for it.
Eg back problems = heat knee swelling = witch Hazel compress and cold
it was more exciting for anthestiast when i had knee surgery. I think he hated me as i have issues with anathestia too.
Stripy interesting as i took Amyltrip for migrains. EldonAve - i have issues with blood pressure. Anything that thins/lowers bp and i fall <splat> but can manage a tiny bit on the surface. It might be worth asking.