Voltaren gel for fibromyalgia

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Interesting. Sara - I will definately keep you posted on my experience with it. Have you tried Voltaren Gel? I love it!! It's not a cure all, but it's great for those times when you are waiting on a pain med to kick in, meds are wearing off, or if meds aren't cutting it. I use it on my back, shoulder, neck and hands. If you haven't tried it, see if your doc will let you try some. It's an anti-inflammatory topical gel.
As for the ones in my hand, I get injections and use 2 medications especially for them One is Voltaren gel and it does a great job on small bones like the hands. Spinal use is still undetermined. The other one I use is Arthrotec. This works well on my hands and neck. Those of us who can't use NSAIDS can use Arthrotec. It's definitely not for everyone and you do need a prescription for it. I also use Lidoderm patches. Basically they're numbing patches.
three times a day, Voltaren gel (though they are sending me another gel that's compounded and has ketamine in it that is supposed to be better,) and lorazapam 1 mg. once a day. I never knew going into this that I would become dependent on the oxycodone and if I tried to get off it, I'd have bad withdrawals. Thursday I had another appointment with the pain clinic.
I am sorry if I offend, but Dr Rajgopal you sound like so many other physicians that I have seen who always blindly support the other physician's decisions no matter what. I'm 58, male, and have had severe fibromyalgia for the past 6 years. One of my doctors ( a GP ) refused to prescribe any kind of pain medication for me and told me that only young girls "catch" fibromyalgia. I went to another doctor.
When I told my doctor I was taking it with the diclofenac and I had no stomach issues he wrote it down and is now prescribing the Essential Enzyme with it. I use the voltaren gel mainly for my foot pain. I know what you mean, my pain is so wide spread it would be hard to have it on my body all over all the time. Now the "Nutra" product which is also topical I put on my low back, neck, feet, hands after every shower. You don't need very much and without it I ache so much more.
The doctor doesn't want to push our luck by making too many changes, but I'm hopeful that if I continue on this way, that I can slowly taper off and see how I am with no meds. I still use the Voltaren gel and a little ibuprofen along with the oxycodone but compared to what I was on a year ago (and getting no relief,) what I'm on now is miniscule. All I know is that I am so joyful. I appreciate every minute of relief from this pain. I hope that this can give someone hope.
My doctor also wrote a prescription for a compounding cream. I getit for the RSD but use it for the arthritis as well. Mine has Fentanyl, Baclofan, gabapentin and a few other drugs. I am sensitive to a lot of medications so this is a good alternative. I have also done a bunch of procedures and some physical therapy and occupational therapy. I had been swimming, which helped a lot but I haven't been doing it for a while. I want to try acupuncture but my insurance won't cover it.
ibuprofen, Lidoderm patches, Voltaren gel, and narcotics at times. I am presently looking to get in with a new group who also offers a lot of different procedures and acupuncture. (I have done many procedures for the CRPS but never got long-lasting relief.) Exercise can be challenging but when you figure out what works for you, it will help. I started with swimming and then used an elliptical and some light weights. Good luck coming off the patch. It is so worth getting off it.
But you're not Nuts go to a Rhmultoloigst be checked for Fibro good luck in your search for better health. Get more than one opinion before any surgeries some doctors are just money hungry. Keep in touch and let me know how you're doing. One more thing this is no cure for Fibro!
I didn't see your last comment about the doctor wanting you to only put the patches on your feet as a last resort. Ask about the Voltaren gel for that. I see someone else mentioned gabapentin Neurontin). You might get some good relief from that. (I've used it several times and had no trouble coming off it. I did get good pain relief from my nerve pain.
I have chronic pain from 7 surgeries on my spine and fibromyalgia for the past 15 years. Doctors tell me my pain is very complicated because they can't tell which is which pain. For me FM pain is the deepest dull ache I've ever experienced. It hurts to the touch. So if you touch the nape of your neck, just above your elbows, the breast bone and rib area for me it's unbearable. I also have arthritis in my spine, hands and I think in my feet.
I already had Sarcoidosis (lung disease), and it was a related side effect of that (arthromyalgia). I lived on Voltaren for a while, which partly controlled it, and then went on low dose steroids, which completely controlled it. Now I'm coming off the steriods and going back on Voltaren. Hope this helps.
What happens if you need a big surgery and they can't cover your pain? I use lidoderm patches, Voltaren gel, ibuprofen and other non narcotic things. Chronic pain is terrible. It wears you down physically and emotionally and mentally. Narcotics are a double edged sword. One thing my new doctor did was put me on a low dose extended release three times a day rather than twice a day at a much higher dose. I wound up with better pain control on a much lower dose.
It's very painful and quite debilitating. I complained to my PCP about how I couldn't take NSAID's, and she suggested I try Voltaren gel, a topically applied NSAID. She said if used as directed only very minute amounts would be absorbed into the general circulation. I googled the drug and immediately found an alarming FDA safety report at http://www.fda.gov/safety/medwatch/safetyinformation/safetyalertsforhumanmedicalproducts/ucm193047.
I have recently been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. It has been building (which I hear is unusual) for the last 5 years. Today was the worst day of pain I have ever had. I cried for a long time this morning and called my doctor. I had told her at my diagnosis appointment that I was not wanting to use narcotics. So, when I called today in tears, I was told to take two Alieve and call back in two days. Of course the Alieve didn't touch it, and my hands are on fire from typing this.
change every 3 days, Tramadol ER, you name it I have been on it. Allergic to Voltaren gel, Relafen, Dilladid breaks out in hives, Morphine causing extreme itching, etc, Rheumotology workup negative for RA, Lupus, MCV in high zone, EMG for Carpal Tunnel negative, Trigger Point injection in neck did not help and have continuous neck pain with limited movement and headache. Chiropractor said I am much more tender to touch than other patients with Fibro. Lyme titer test was 1.02 on Jan.
I was told it was considered dependence, not addiction, if a patient/person takes medication as prescribed...not for recreational use...when needed for chronic pain that after years of dosage tolerance and changes begins to get to a point where you've realized you've become dependent on a drug that used to help you function, but now either requires going to a stronger pain med or putting on the brakes and starting anew...
I started this thread in 2008, and now in 2014 I am no closer to an answer. I have had success with using steroid cream or Voltaren Gel to decrease the pain and itching.
But I do have prescription creams that help a lot. One is called Voltaren gel. I found it helped a bit. (It's also expensive and some insurances won't cover it but you can get samples from your doctor. I now have another compounding cream that is specifically made up for me and I have to get it done by a special pharmacy and they mail it to me. It doesn't have a name. My doctor calls in what she wants in it. I forget what's in mine; there are several things.
I use Voltaren gel and lidoderm pathches and they sometimes take the edge off. Sometimes the ThermaCare heated patches help when the pain is that deep bone pain. Putting a bunch of things together helps a little. It's so cold here right now the heating system for downstairs can't keep up so it is very cold. Good excuse to stay in bed and watch reality tv and play on the computer.
I'm finally sleeping better at night, my legs are now settling down using the Requip, thank goodness. The Voltaren Gel is helping the arthritis in the thumb, and the left knee is also settled down. Although, I did have my night disturbed at about 2:30 this morning. My little Chihuahua Treci woke me up scratching like crazy.....:( I couldn't find the flea so I gave her a bath.....:) After the bath, I blow dried her and then we were ready to go back to bed.
I've noticed that both the Voltaren Gel and naproxen don't help for extended periods of time that is for sure. And I have tried the lidocaine patches and lidocaine ointment and both offer pain relief that is very short in duration. But the lidocaine injections that they use during epidural procedures work so much better! I guess it is because they inject it deep under the skin and tissues.
My plan was to come off everything and reevaluate my pain and then make some decisions. I use other things to help the pain, Voltaren gel, advil, etc. But for the past week nothing is helping. I can hardly move. Sleep isn't good. I'm crying for no reason. I know that the majority of this is because I'm coming off the medications. A friend who is an NP suggested suboxone. I told her everything I've read here and that I'm afraid of it but she thinks it would get be a good idea.
I have fibromyalgia for the past 13 years and most of the time manage it with exercise and diet. Initially I tried some meds but I didn't like the side effects and figured out what exercise helped. I also have severe arthritis in many joints but my hands are very bad. I had a joint replacement of the left thumb nearly six years ago and it failed and I had 8 more surgeries trying to correct it without success. I went into pain management and was put on a huge amount of narcotics.
Sounds like you have lots of things in place that will help. I also use a prescription gel that helps, Voltaren. I'm not sure anyone gets pain free but I think there's lots of people who say their pain actually lessens significantly after getting off the pills (though there can be an initial increase in pain at first but it will level out.
) I also get a prescription cream that is compounded by a special pharmacy and I also have a prescription for Voltaren gel and Lidoderm patches. These may not take all your pain away but they may help take the edge off.
I am begging for help. I am a 30 year old female who has been having severe scalp pain for the past 9 months. It feels like someone is pulling out my hair or acid was poured on it. A few days ago, I went to get my hair cut to lessen the weight on my head and the barber caught her comb in a snarl and pulled a section of my hair very hard. It feels like I was cut with a razor right where she pulled. I can feel EXACTLY where she pulled out the few hairs.
I have been searching for 7mos for someone with similar symptoms, in hopes of pointing me in a direction they may have gone. I too have soreness,achiness,crampy,tight calves in both legs but including my feet. This hit me one night and has been constant for 7mos. I am sorry but don't have any answers other than to share some of the testing I have had to direct you.
I may get a burst of sharp pains in my temples usually one side, it can happen for a few seconds and repeat for a minute or so. I may get a pain in my knee and then minutes later in my finger, or shoulder or wherever it wants to be. The thing is I am a mental health nurse and keep thinking am I going mad. My partner is sympathetic but gets a bit tired of me mentioning pains 5 or 6 times a night. I'm tired all the time and don't know where to turn.
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