Re: Voltaren gel-how much is needed?
Thank you for your replies!
Hopalong_too, I'll look into that coupon.
Thus far, I'm using about 2g at a time on my sore knee, and it seems to be helping, which is good, because like many people I'm no longer able to take oral NSAIDS. I'm able to do more without provoking knee pain, which allows me to be more active, which helps my back pain too.
Honestly, I've had this knee thing for twelve, going on thirteen years now, and this is the best treatment I've found. In fact, it's the only thing that helps, other than ice and avoiding certain activities. Since I can pay for it without real pocketbook pain, I'm not going to sweat it.
I don't think I'll use the gel directly on my back, because the painful area is just so large it wouldn't be practical (basically my entire back!). I'll stick to menthol-based topicals, and pills when it gets intolerable.
Madeofglass, the thing about Voltaren Gel is that, so far as I understand it, it works best when the source of the pain is localized, inflammatory, and reasonably close to the surface. For a sprained ankle or arthritic hands, it can be great. For something widespread, or deep inside you like certain hip joint problems, it's just not suitable.