Topical gel helped me with chronic spine pain

Posted by donfeld @donfeld, Thu, Apr 2 6:28pm

I have croinc pain in my spine since 2006 with three fusion and many injection where I haven’t had a good night sleep in last 3 years. I recently try a gel called Diclofenac Sodium Topical Gel 1%. is mainly used four hands knees and feet joints, but I tried it on my spine and hip where I have pain levels as high as six and walk with a limp. After two days of using this gel I am now can walk a mile without limping and sleep a full night without severe pain to wake me up every 2 hours. I wanted to share this with all of you because your spine is full of joints as well as your hip and this might be something you should look into as I am extremely excited and now I can sleep 7 hours to get a full night’s sleep. Is mainly used for arthritis and osteoarthritis and it works.

@donfeld Hi I have an unopened tube of Diclofenac Sodium topical gel 1% A family member gave this to me to try for pain. I had read all the warnings, etc and it's uses. I have been afraid to use it as it was not my prescription and there were many warnings. From the posts on here I am finding that people are having positive results on limiting pain from osteoarthritis and neuropathy pain. I suffer from osteoarthritis, fibromyalcia and neuropathy, along with back issues. There are times that the pain in my feet and ankles is so bad that even an opiod pain reliever does not help very much. I am also on Gabapentin and amitriptalin ? for pain. I have had this unopened tube in my closet for 5 months and I am thinking about some on my ankles. I see several people on here have found good benefits from this gel. Any feedback would be appreciated.

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@lioness

@irene5 I also have O.A. all through me and now since I had a fracture in the L4 last year there is more arthritis in my hip it hurt so badly yesterday I tried all I have but nothing worked the script is to expensive for me the co pay is I haven't found anything but will look for the over the counter gel you are talking about .

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Diclofenac Sodium Topical Gel is a prescription. Mine has been covered by Medicare. Other meds I am on – not so much. I have had steroid injections and trigger point injections that have helped as well. Take care. (Irene)

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@summertime4

@donfeld Hi I have an unopened tube of Diclofenac Sodium topical gel 1% A family member gave this to me to try for pain. I had read all the warnings, etc and it's uses. I have been afraid to use it as it was not my prescription and there were many warnings. From the posts on here I am finding that people are having positive results on limiting pain from osteoarthritis and neuropathy pain. I suffer from osteoarthritis, fibromyalcia and neuropathy, along with back issues. There are times that the pain in my feet and ankles is so bad that even an opiod pain reliever does not help very much. I am also on Gabapentin and amitriptalin ? for pain. I have had this unopened tube in my closet for 5 months and I am thinking about some on my ankles. I see several people on here have found good benefits from this gel. Any feedback would be appreciated.

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@summertime4 No side effects here. (Except for alleviation of pain:)).

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@summertime4 I have osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia along with a meniscus tear in my knee. I use this gel all the time. I gave some to my sister. She used it on her knees and had pain relief in one day. She now has a prescription from her doctor to get her own tube.

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@irene5

@rwinney The gel is a regular Rx drug. There is a similar one that my husband was prescribed for neck pain caused by arthritis when we lived in Tennessee. It was from a compounding pharmacy which was a new term and new information for me. I had never heard of a compounding pharmacy. My husband says the gel one is better for his hip pain. I realize we aren’t supposed to share Rx’s, but when he fell in January and had a compression fracture he tried mine and was very thankful I had that gel! For me the fact that it is inexpensive and also works makes it a win win! irene5

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Sounds like it was cheaper for you. The American prescription version was $40 + per tube with my insurance. Which was much more pricey here than my friends would get if for me in other countries .

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@wisco50

Sounds like it was cheaper for you. The American prescription version was $40 + per tube with my insurance. Which was much more pricey here than my friends would get if for me in other countries .

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@wisco50 Sorry about that price! I wish everyone could pay the same amount for the same product! That would be nice!

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@wisco50

I don’t know if you travel but it is sold over the counter in many countries and MUCH more cheaply than in America as a prescription! Right down to the appearance of tube it is in. I have had some from Mexico, Caribbean and when I was in Italy I found some 2% strength. Pharmacy here with my insurance wanted sl over $40 per tube. I’ve paid $10-12 in other countries. My friend from Seattle stocks up if they are skiing in Canada.

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@wisco50 – I'm pretty sure this medication is not available OTC in Canada as I just had a prescription filled. It is compounded where I buy it (Walmart Pharmacy), and does not come in a tube. It was prescribed for me to help control arthritic pain. Sometimes it does the trick, sometimes I need to supplement it. It does not work well on the SFN because it's mostly the soles of my feet (burning) and it seems that the skin in that area is too thick for the cream to penetrate.

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@iceblue

@wisco50 – I'm pretty sure this medication is not available OTC in Canada as I just had a prescription filled. It is compounded where I buy it (Walmart Pharmacy), and does not come in a tube. It was prescribed for me to help control arthritic pain. Sometimes it does the trick, sometimes I need to supplement it. It does not work well on the SFN because it's mostly the soles of my feet (burning) and it seems that the skin in that area is too thick for the cream to penetrate.

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Just saying my nursing school classmate does buy it there OTC. Their family lives in Seattle and goes to somewhere in Canada’s western provinces to ski each year. She says she stocks up on it. I saw it in her bathroom when I visited them in August, so? I personally have bought it in Italy and Caribbean and my friend brings it back to me from Mexico. Other name for it is Diclofenac

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Diclofenac is what I am talking about. Thanks for your input.

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@wisco50

Just saying my nursing school classmate does buy it there OTC. Their family lives in Seattle and goes to somewhere in Canada’s western provinces to ski each year. She says she stocks up on it. I saw it in her bathroom when I visited them in August, so? I personally have bought it in Italy and Caribbean and my friend brings it back to me from Mexico. Other name for it is Diclofenac

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@wisco50 – I just did a bit more research and see the OTC med is also sold under the brand name of Voltaren. I have a tube of that, and it is definitely available OTC (I bought mine at Walmart); a generic version is probably also sold OTC. I am not sure what ingredients the compounded version contains that is different, but both doctors who have prescribed it have told me that the prescription version is superior – and having used both, I would agree.

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@iceblue

@wisco50 – I just did a bit more research and see the OTC med is also sold under the brand name of Voltaren. I have a tube of that, and it is definitely available OTC (I bought mine at Walmart); a generic version is probably also sold OTC. I am not sure what ingredients the compounded version contains that is different, but both doctors who have prescribed it have told me that the prescription version is superior – and having used both, I would agree.

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It would be interesting to know! Surely the compounding pharmacy can tell the patient, as we have a right to know what we are taking! Let us know, please, if you find out! Yes, Voltaren is a brand name for generic diclofenac. Almost all prescription NSAID capsules or pills are (eventually) not tolerated by my stomach. Except for aspirin, go figure (taken c food!).

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@wisco50

It would be interesting to know! Surely the compounding pharmacy can tell the patient, as we have a right to know what we are taking! Let us know, please, if you find out! Yes, Voltaren is a brand name for generic diclofenac. Almost all prescription NSAID capsules or pills are (eventually) not tolerated by my stomach. Except for aspirin, go figure (taken c food!).

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@wisco50 – I just pulled out my container to check the ingredients and I'm a bit embarrassed. Here's what it says:

10% Diclofenac powder in diffusimax gel. Apply to affected area(s) twice a day.

TEN percent – not ONE percent 😮 That could be why there is no comparison with OTC meds 😉

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@iceblue

@wisco50 – I just pulled out my container to check the ingredients and I'm a bit embarrassed. Here's what it says:

10% Diclofenac powder in diffusimax gel. Apply to affected area(s) twice a day.

TEN percent – not ONE percent 😮 That could be why there is no comparison with OTC meds 😉

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Are you telling me there's a gel available but the same ingredients at 10% rather than 1%. Where did you get it from and what's the prescription or is it over the counter?

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@donfeld

Are you telling me there's a gel available but the same ingredients at 10% rather than 1%. Where did you get it from and what's the prescription or is it over the counter?

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Yes @donfold – that's what I'm saying. The 10% version is compounded and is definitely a prescription.

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Hi @iceblue, @donfld, @wisco60, Good afternoon. Just because you mentioned MX for Voltaren, I just wanted to show you what I have been getting from my friends in San Miguel de Allende. My rheumatologist told me to use the cream because the insurance wouldn't pay for patches. However, if I tried the cream for a month and said it didn't work, she could order the patches for me.

I decided to check with my friend in MX and lo and behold the picture shows what I got. They come in different sizes. I get the large one for my cranky knee and shoulder,, the small ones for arms and legs.

It is a 24 hour time release with 30 mg of voltaren or diclofenco.

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