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Pain Management board

I use the actual biofreeze. I use it primarily on my neck and lumbar for muscular pain only.

It doesn't do much for the lumbar at all which is severely herniated but it does help fantastic for the neck. I had a 4 level ACDF 6 or so years ago and it went swimmingly and pain free for one year, then a lady rear ended me because she was too impatient. Seriously.

Anyhow, as a result I have busted screws in my neck and permanent nerve and muscular damage so it constantly hurts. I found the Biofreeze at a home health care store, I'm sure you can find it in your area the same way and cheaper than on the net because no shipping/handling. The price was $9.95 the same price as Freeze It.

As for how it works, it works great for my neck but only for 2 - 3 hours, which I can't complain it's better than nothing but no where near as good as my lidoderm patches do ( of course just 1 lidoderm patch costs nearly the same as the entire tube of the OTC gels, and yes I know they are different products). As for my lumbar it helps maybe for a half an hour tops. I haven't tried it on my other joints yet that have arthritis but will certainly do so. I guess I'm so used to pain I forget about using it is the problem.

There is no directions on the bottle as to how much you can use or how far apart so I haven't tried using it twice in a row yet. It does have a very cooling sensation to it and if you have a plugged nose, go smell the bottle LOL! It reminds me of Vicks but in a gel form.

For ten bucks, if you have it to spare, it's worth a shot in my opinion. I don't see it working on structural pain at all but muscular/soft tissue yes it's helped in varying degrees.