Non-Prescription Pain Relief
There is always a lot of discussion about pain relief using prescription medication but I would like to know if there is anything anyone has found over the counter that really works on pain. I guess I am talking more about muscle pain, or as I have fibromyalgia pain. I just went through a difficult weekend and I have no prescription medication to turn to. If anyone has something they have found that is nonprescription and has helped them I would appreciate their sharing.
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@suzanne2 I have had fibromyalgia for a long time and have tried meds OTC meds and for me know of them worked . I have Tramadol a perscription that is the only thing that works when the pain is intolerabol . I use heat and ice the TENS unit and different creams but the OTC meds didn't help me .
@suzanne2 This is a great question, and it will be interesting to hear how people work with over the counter remedies! If you have a bathtub, have you tried a warm soaking bath with epsom salts? While I cannot abide by a bath myself, my husband recently had a torn muscle and used epsom salts for several days to assist in pain relief. Tumeric is also a good anti-inflammatory, it is said, and can be taken orally. I have used arnica montana, a holistic compund that is for muscles and bruising, although it takes a few days to build up in your system. There is also arnica cream available. Sometimes a warm compress in the area of the worst pain is enough for me. I also deal with fibromyalgia, and never know when/where muscle discomfort may occur.
Will you report back to me, saying what you found works for you? I know everyone is different, and experiences things differently.
Great topic. I think people might also find these related discussions of interest.
– Alternatives for pain management https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/alternatives-for-pain-management/
– What Distracts You From the Pain? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/what-distracts-you-from-the-pain/
– Pain Rehabilitation Clinic https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/pain-rehabilitation-clinic-1/
I'd like to bring @sandytoes14 @rwinney @dawn_giacabazi and @amandaburnett into this discussion too. I second @gingerw's question. What works for you?
Hi @suzanne2 I used Voltaren Gel for a short time which is the OTC topical cream for diclofenac. It worked pretty well for extremities after I stopped Cymbalta. I, like Ginger and Colleen, would love to know what has or hasn't worked for you so far.
@suzanne2 My cardiologist suggested aloa with lidacaine. I rub it on the top of my painful feet and it really does help.
Hi @suzanne2 I too have fibromyalgia and have had it for many years. Theraworks is similar to Epsom salts but in a non greasy foam. It is my go to for muscle pain. My pharmacy usually carries a display near the counter. I hope you get some relief,
@sandytoes14 Thank you for the suggestion. I will definitely check out the Theraworks and hopefully it will help the fibromyalgia. Some days can be torture!
@summertime4 thanks for the idea. Will look into aloe w/lidocaine. Have seen that in the store.
@colleenyoung Lots of good ideas to look into.
@amandaburnett I have a prescription for the diclofenac. Some nights I think I take a bath in it.