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Pain in the neck can be - well a pain in the neck!
Member Name: juliassg71
Advantages: direct relief to an affected area.
Disadvantages: perhaps not strong enough to tackle more severe pain.
I am currently suffering from a really sore neck although I don't why - perhaps I have lain awkwardly in the night so I have been taking pain killers which haven't been making much difference but my mother-in-law recommended this gel to me a while ago which is marketed as giving relief for penetrating pain and inflammation due to rheumatic, joint and muscular sprains, strains and bruises so I fished it out of my medicine draw and started using it.
The gel comes in a 50g tube with a screw top lid and costs around £5 from pharmacies. The tube is sealed by a protective cover and to gain access you turn the lid upside down and press back down onto the tube whereby a spike pierces the seal and you are then ready to use.
The gel is an off white colour and the directions state that adults and children over the age of 12 can apply this to any affected area 3-4 times a day although you should not use this for more than 7 days without consulting a doctor. I apply about a 10 pence sized amount to the area and rub in until absorbed which doesn't take long. It does have a slight medicinal smell but it is not as strong as say something like Deep Heat and soon wears off so that has not been an issue for me.
The active ingredient is diclofenac which as you may know can be prescribed/purchased in tablet form as a painkiller.
The gel, once applied is quite cooling and soothing on the skin and the formula is non-greasy and non-staining although care should be taken to wash your hands thoroughly after administering unless that is the area that you are treating.
You are not supposed to take this in conjunction with oral diclofenac, aspirin, ibuprofen or other NSAID medicines and you also should not use this if you have ever had an asthma attack, wheezing, hives or runny nose after taking aspirin or other NSAID medicine, neither if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
My mother in law gets quite good relief from this gel for her rheumatic and joint pains and I have used it for a strained muscle in my thigh over the last few days and also on my painful neck.
This has worked quite well on the sore thigh but has not made much impact on the painful neck area so I am unsure about its effectiveness overall. Whilst the gel is soothing whilst being massaged into my neck the pain has not let up much at all although saying that I have not been applying it 3-4 times a day but rather in the morning and of a night so perhaps more sustained use would do the trick. I have also been taken painkillers which is why i have only administered twice a day (as you are not supposed to) but the pain has been quite severe.
However, it has worked very well on the thigh strain so I can certainly recommend it for strains of that nature. Perhaps the neck pain I am experiencing is a little harder for the gel to tackle and I might be making an appointment with my doctor if it doesn't improve in the next couple of days.
I would use this again though but having had mixed results myself, I think you would need to use this yourself as perhaps the results will differ from person to person and from symptom to symptom but if you don't like taking lots of painkillers you may find that this is a good alternative for you.
I hope this has been of use.
Thanks for reading. x
also on ciao
Summary: A good alternative to painkillers for some symptons
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