I love biofreeze. Just rubbing it on my hip and lower back does seem to aleviate some of the leg and hip pain fo me. Not really sure how its working or if its just distracting me from the pain but I'll take it anyway.
Hi, If you have nerve compression, then Biofreeze will not help that, maybe an anti-inflammatory might help, but even that is a maybe. Biofreeze is more for muscle aches and pains (and it is very good for that)..the only way to help is to relieve or get rid of what is causing the compression. For some, anti-inflammatories, painkillers, or nerve meds might help. In my own personal experience, i've found that narcotic painkillers do not even help my sciatic pain. But luckily, steroids do help me for a few weeks, anyway. Even though many of these things don't work for me, I have tried just about everything in desperation. Biofreeze does cause somewhat of a distraction and soothing on muscle pains and has helped distract sometimes when I have mild muscle spasms, though. And of course it probably depends on the level of pain one has, and for how long.
No matter what, I do hope that your pain subsides soon! Are you currently seeing a doctor? If so, what are they telling you about your diagnoses?
My experience with those kinds of pain relieving gels is that it really doesnt help referred pain. I have bad hip pain that is referred from my back. It helps my back pain but not the hip. So I really dont think Biofreeze or Sombra will help that. It is really good for muscle pain. Some chiopractors and massage therapists carry the Sombra. I have always ordered it off the internet. Its all over the net. But then one day i was at the health food store and saw some other stuff called "Sore No More". It had the EXACT ingredients as Sombra (and these are some really unique ingredfents). Then i saw in really small letters that is was made my Sombra. It IS Sombra. I personally like it more than Biofreeze because it warms and cools at the same time. But Biofreeze is awesome, too.
*******, have you ever tried a homeopathic for your sciatica? It won't do any thing for your other problems but it does help with sciatica problems. My mother has many back pain issues and back surgeries, plus she had really bad sciatica, had the lumbar steroid shots for that too, then one day she read an article about a homeopathic remedy for sciatica, it did work on that!
It completely took it away, where no medication for pain did anything.
Each day she would take one dose in the morning before putting anything in her mouth, she put it under her tongue and let it dissolve, if that didn't take the sciatica pain away within two hours then she was to take a second dose, that second one usually worked.
Plus she would take a dose in the evening before bed.
Make sure you follow the directions exactly or the dose won't work.
With in about 2weeks she didn't need the second dose in the mornings. In another 2 weeks she didn't need that night time dose, within 6weeks it was totally gone.
The next year she got it again on the other side, she started right away with the remedy and it was gone within 4weeks. It hasn't come back since and this was 3yrs ago. It does work, be diligent and use it till you don't need to take it anymore.
It's found in most health foods places that sell homeopathy's, and it's labeled for sciatica.
DRS, I did take a homeopathic for a while. Unfortunately it did not help me.
It was called Nerve Fix.
Right now, I am trying acupuncture twice weekly, but sciatica is so touchy!
Its a long long road to recovery, if we ever reach it.....
Dealing with nerve pain is so unpredictable, and unfortunately seems to become chronic.
And as we see on these boards, surgery is not always the answer either.
I just want to add that homeopathic remedies are very specific. You would of needed to try something that said sciatica on the bottle. Nerve fix I believe would of been for all the nerves, not a specific area.
I hope you get your relief, it's awful to have pain like that. Diana
It wont fix the problem. It seems expensive but can feel nice. Have you tried injections? the tiger balm may be cheaper and I have heard the they have something comparable at walmart that is less expensive.