I asked that question of my PCP. His answer: If it feels good,do it. The only thing topical creams and ointments do is add some warmth and smell to your skin. The reason some may have some positive effects is the massage you are doing to the muscles while applying the stuff.
I use essential oils, such as peppermint, winter green, an oll called deep relief & this does bring me some relief. More so if I apply moist heat. I have learned not to purchase the store's cheaper oils as they are not the same.
I know that massage therapists, Pts a long with some doctors who lean more towards natural treatments use the oils also. My PM also told my husband & I he thought about starting his own line of oils. Its soothes & relaxes my muscles at times. Nothing takes the pain away completely but IMO the oils beat any OTC products. The closest I have come is Tiger balm, Bio freeze & a Cryoderm. Ive tried so many products I could probably fill an entire shelf.
The Thermacare patch has helped some also but can't tolerate it in the heat.
I always run everything I use by my doctor.
This has been my personal experiance & not sure if it would be the same for others but I can say with all honesty the oils are used for some many other things that most people I have shared mine with end up purchasing their own. Great for sinus & colds also. Hope this helps. Sammy
I get pretty significant relief from a cream called Inflamyar, given to me by a local naturapothic doctor. It even gets deep and calms down my nerve pain in my buttock. I'll admit I was really surprised that it works more than topically.
Wow Cherish, must be pretty good stuff to help calm nerve pain. Nerve pain can be tough to control.
Do you know if you can obtain it out side of the doctors offiice or it something you have to have a script for? Some times these things are made up at compound pharmacys so I'm curiuos.
I have nerve pain in my hands & elbow. I'm starting to have problems with my legs & foot so its good to know whats out there.
Thats funny we are sort of shocked when something actually works. So many products don't work its rare to come across one that does.
I know several people like the Bio freeze. The cyroderm is pretty good & for what ever reason worked a little better for me.