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Old 05-20-2013, 12:56 PM
 
Location: NoVa
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I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia, OA, all that good stuff and my Rheumatologist gave this to me many years in pill form and it didn't help. My Podiatrist gave it to me the other day for some painful areas on my feet and I told him I may try it on my other painful joints and he called in a boatload of it to the pharmacy.

I put it on my knees last night and it worked pretty well, made me realize how bad my hips were hurting when my knees weren't added. Then today I put them on my hips and knees. It is like it dulls the pain for me, does not take it all the way away, but does help.

So now I have realized that my shoulders are in some severe pain once the hips and knees aren't hurting so bad.

All I can do is laugh and apply it to my shoulders too.

Anyone use this and have good experience or any experience with it?
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Old 05-20-2013, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Hawaii/Alabama
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I use it and it does help; my DH laughs because I am always asking him to apply it to the areas I have trouble reaching (my right side is weak due to CVAs).

It works but I use it with my other meds (I also have a pain pump).
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Old 05-20-2013, 05:25 PM
 
Location: NoVa
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I was pretty surprised as the pill form did not....
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Old 05-21-2013, 04:36 AM
 
Location: Bucks, UK
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one watch out: although the principle of topically applied voltarol is a great one, and only a fraction of the active substance in the gel gets absorbed, you should take care not to overuse the gel - if you go much beyond the stated dose (either in terms of frequency of application, or area covered), you can still end up with systemic levels of voltarol comparable with (or even in excess of, if you really go to town) what you would experience on the oral tablets, with a comensurate risk of adverse events
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Old 05-21-2013, 05:33 AM
 
Location: NoVa
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I use it 1-2x a day, 1 for the most part, and put it on whichever joints seem to be bothering me...
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:02 AM
 
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I haven't tried the gel, but I do take diclofenac in pill form. It helps. I may mention the gel to my rheumatologist when I see her in July.
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Old 11-10-2013, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Kansas City
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I have used this gel on the back of my knee/calf. It worked. Now I want some more but don't want to pay a doctor visit fee just to get a prescription.
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Old 11-12-2013, 09:37 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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My mom has a lot of it, so she brought some to see if it helped with my leg pain (I have a plate and a bunch of pins). In my case, it didn't help.
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Old 07-03-2018, 03:16 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica, CA
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I have been able to get a tube of the generic. And using it on knee and it helps some but not as much as I had hoped. I'm not over using it as our skin is our biggest organ and I don't want side effects. I'm mixing it too with some of my other ointments. Will work with it.

Don't believe I'll call doc for a script as a tube would cost me $45 and I just don't get enough pain relief to spend that.

Aspercream with 4% lidocaine works pretty well, maybe better than this script drug.

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Old 07-03-2018, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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It's very expensive...my insurance would not pay for back pain. I do have Lidocaine gel that works fairly well...
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