Non-Prescription Pain Relief

Posted by suzanne2 @suzanne2, Aug 16, 2020

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.

@lorirenee1

@annek1965 @Chris Trout I did recheck my messages to people, and yes, I did send @annek1965 a private message. Annek, I am telling you about an herbal product that is not approved by the FDA, and moderators here would prefer I only send private messages about it. I hope you have received my message, as the herbal product is the only thing that helps me with severe nerve pain. I am not sure how to help to have you see my message. I don't know what to do!!!!! Lori Renee

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Got it and responded. 🙂 We are on the same page about it.

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@cldmeyers

Wellution from Amazon.

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Thank you so much for the name. So kind of you.
I can only wish you good health for the future.

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Hi @summertime4, I saw your post in another discussion that @hopeful33250 thought would be seen by more members with neuropathy or chronic pain if it were asked in another discussion like this discussion — Non-Prescription Pain Relief in the Chronic Pain group.

Your question — Has anyone been prescribed and used Diclofenac Sodium Topical Gel for neuropathy in the feet. The pain on the top of my left foot, ankle and toes gets me really down. I have other topicals that help, but the doctor thought this would work better. I know they have this over the counter, but mine is a prescription, I am on several medications and concern myself with an interaction. Is anyone familiar with this?

My primary care doctor prescribed the Diclofenac Sodium Topical Gel for pain I was having in my right knee before I had my knee replacement. I think the good news is that it's now available without a prescription. From the FDA link below…"Feb 14, 2020 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved three drugs for … (OTC), use through a process called a prescription (Rx)-to-OTC switch. The FDA approved Voltaren Arthritis Pain (diclofenac sodium topical gel, 1%) …FDA Approves Three Drugs for Nonprescription Use Through: https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-approves-three-drugs-nonprescription-use-through-rx-otc-switch-process

It did help the pain in my knee some but not for long periods of time. I never tried it for neuropathy pain but maybe other members can share their experience with Diclofenac Sodium Topical Gel for neuropathy in the feet.

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I use Diclofenac gel, prescription strength all the time. It is a lifesaver for pain due to inflammation, sore muscles, joint pain. It’s a life saver for me.

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@jackl Thank you. Do you take other medications for pain, etc.? Has so many precautions it makes me nervous. It is just a topical and how much goes into your system? They give you an amount to use.

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@summertime4

@jackl Thank you. Do you take other medications for pain, etc.? Has so many precautions it makes me nervous. It is just a topical and how much goes into your system? They give you an amount to use.

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Hi @summertime4, I was prescribed Diclofenac gel at one time and my physician suggested to apply liberally. I would suggest testing the gel out on a small patch of skin first as I had an allergic reaction to it and now am not able to use it.

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Consider higher doses of CBD capsules, like 100 MG or higher. Early start for me with some benefit.

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I would like to know the same thing. Find it ironic I can’t get my Norco for pain and I was responsible with them and only thing that gave me a quality of life. Just read an article that they are doing trials of LSD Microdoses from patients with chronic pain. Is it me, or is is this crazy. How in the hell is LSD better then an opioid that was low dose and worked. They keep failing to add those that abused opioids was taking more then prescribed and or buying from the streets that was laced with fentyl.

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@farstat I agree 100 %. I am furtunate, at least for now, that my pain management clinic prescribes 90 percocets monthly for extreme pain from neuropathy and several other medical problems. However, this is not the case for everyone. So many people need the stronger medication and are unable to get it. That is awful. The people I know take their meds as prescribed and are able to do things they were unable to do. I know I am hurting when it is time to take the meds and when I take it I am able to play with my grand daughter and do a little around the house. Many OD's are from people going to the streets for pain relief and getting a mixture with other drugs. These people are not addicts seeking a new mood. The system is messed up.

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@suzanne2

@artscaping My biggest issue is my muscle pain. Some times it hurts and other times it aches to the bone. I could cry sometimes. It is a level 10 most days. My pain doctor at Mayo said it also could be caused by my hemochromatosis plus the fibromyalgia. It is very frustrating. I hurt so bad I can't do much at one so my husband is getting upset with me. So now I have stress too.

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@suzanne2 Hello. I'm Rachel and I am playing a bit of catch up on older posts. I see you started this conversation and @colleenyoung mentioned me for possible non prescribed pain relief products. My apologies for missing this. I've read through some of your posts and see @artscaping mentioned medical marijuana. I agree with her. I also read how you describe your deep aching, to the bone pain, and that you dont know where to find a prescribing Dr for medical marijuana. I'm wondering if you have further considered use of the product or made progress in finding a prescribing Dr? I have Small Fiber Polyneuropathy and also experience severe deep aching, mostly in my legs. When this ache flares, medical marijuana and heat are the only things that provide relief. I feel bad about your pain and am so impressed by your tenacity to keep persevering despite your ailments. I believe I read you taught children still?!? Remarkable! As far as you feeling like medical marijuana use makes you feel as if you are doing something illegal…I totally get that. Me too! It took me some time to wrap my mind around the fact that it was legal, it was justified, and it helped my pain. If you're feeling up to it, I'd love to hear how you are doing and if you've made any progress in finding non prescribed pain relief.

Best wishes to you,
Rachel

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@rwinney Due to COVID I have been home since March 14 but I am now teaching kindergarten 3 days a week. I can't sit home, for me it is better if I can get out and do something to take my mind off of myself and my issues. I do have a friend who has a medical card and I have gotten some marijuana through her. I am not crazy about the side effects, but it does help the pain. I use a small amount when home and have no plans to go anywhere. I actually could go and buy it myself. Really don't need a card since it is legal here.

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@suzanne2

@rwinney Due to COVID I have been home since March 14 but I am now teaching kindergarten 3 days a week. I can't sit home, for me it is better if I can get out and do something to take my mind off of myself and my issues. I do have a friend who has a medical card and I have gotten some marijuana through her. I am not crazy about the side effects, but it does help the pain. I use a small amount when home and have no plans to go anywhere. I actually could go and buy it myself. Really don't need a card since it is legal here.

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Suzanne2 and rwinney, Can you describe the pain reduction as a percentage. Moderate severe to severe pain it’s like 5 to 7/10. Living without pain for 12 hours per day is like 50% pain-free. The math is 12/24. What are the side effects that you experience? Have you’ve been able to reduce any of the side effects ?

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