First, I have a BIG apology to get out of the way! I have been having issues trying to get in here to post and they are finally fixed! YAY!!!! I'm so sorry I've been missing in action!
Second, let's talk about fibro!
I haven't done a post about topical pain relief in quite some time because I haven't come across anything I've really liked until now.
Much of my pain is sciatica pain and shoulder pain from sitting or standing for too long and being hunched over on my desk writing. The shoulder pain is something that I'm used to dealing with on a daily basis, but the sciatic pain can throw me for a loop where all I want to do is find some relief.
I think I have found some relief from a product called Australian Dream Back Relief Cream. Now, for the sake of formalities, one, please consult your doctor before trying any new product for pain relief, and, two, I am not affiliated with this product in any way. I bought this product on my own accord and I'm giving all of you the thoughts I have on it so you can check it out for yourself.
The product is not sticky like some pain rubs can be. There's no odor either and that actually made me wonder if the product would actually work! I went from a pain scale of 8 to a pain level of 1 when I woke up the next morning. It did take a bit of time to see results. My pain, however, was so minimal in the morning that I actually wondered if I was dreaming!
The jar is pretty large, but it is more expensive than a tube of the regular name brand pain relievers on the market today. I've only used it once so far so I can't tell you exactly how long a 4-ounce jar will last me. I tend to use products very sparingly, especially the higher priced ones so this particular jar will probably last me 4-6 months if my flares are not excessive.
If you like to take baths like I do, there's a great product by Dr. Teal that helps with very sore muscles. I've used this product during flares and I've used it when I worked out too much one day at the gym (thanks, Lee, still remember the feeling of THAT burn LOL!). This product works very well for both types of soreness. I had severe muscle tears with my first ever biking class (again, thanks, Lee!) and this soak helped to relieve the soreness related to that type of pain, as well as major fibro flares. The menthol aroma also helped to relax me enough to sleep afterward.
This product is not expensive and it lasts for about 4-5 baths. I'm a weekend type of bath person so it will last me a month when I'm not in a flare. I enjoy the product a lot for a relaxation.
I hope you look into either of these two as an option for you! And next time we will discuss shower heads and the benefits of getting ones with massage features!
Love and friendship,