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When it comes to aches and pains at 37 years old I am actually riddled with them sadly. Not only do I have an eating disorder with makes me feel tired and less than energetic at the best of times I have spine problem called ccoxidinia and as an M.E sufferer terrible back ache and pains in my hips and sometimes legs.
I find pain killers not that very effective for me and my health issues and as they are long term problems I am wary of taking to much medication and getting hooked on it. I've had medication such as Declofenic and allsorts and still didn't feel much better at all for it, so my attitude is why bother filling my body up with all them chemicals for nothing!
Just lately I have been searching out alternative remedies, things that I won't get hooked on and are herbal etc and won't hurt me or my system. I was in Boots the other day this Deep Relief Gel I hadn't seen before and so at £4.50 a tube I decided to give it a whirl.
Well this product comes in purple and silver oblong box and on two sides of it we are told that it is Deep Relief 'Ibuprofen And Levomenthol' and that its meant to give effective pain relief and reduce inflammation 'Relief of rheumatic pain, muscual pains and strains' and that its a 2 way pain relief gel. On the sides of the box we are told a bit about the gel, how to use it, precautions and ingredients are listed and contact details Mentholatum (the manufacturer of the product) are listed. The tube is the same sort of colourscheme, squeezy and gives much of the same unformation as on the box then there is a leaflet inside giving a bit more informtioan on cautions and the likes.
Well the product is easy to use and apply. Its quite a thickish clear gel that squeezes out of the tube with ease and it has a very light minty fragrance to it which is isn't highly stinky and does actually smell rather pleasant and that smell vanishes after about an hour anyway.
Containing Ibuprofen which is meant to reduce pain and inflamation and Levomenthol which is what gives the cooling effect on the skinthis is meant to reduce pain and so I had high hopes for this working and had an open mind to it.
However this doesn't work a single jot on me. Course I can feel a cooling effect on my sikin when applied and that sensation actually lingers around for a good hour but offering me relief....well no.
Its sticky and takes ages once applied to lose that sticky feeling and even when dried you can sort of feel a film on your skin which is a little skin drying.
Its easy to apply and a little does go a very long way indeed but it helped none with my backache, my hips and legs were still just as sore as not bothering with it and all in all with this one I sadly thing I wasted my dosh!
Available in all good chemists, my tube came from Boots.
Deep Relief is a gel that you rub into your muscles. Its primary ingredients are Ibuprofen, and Levermenthol. It is a gel that I've been using for many years to help relieve pain - mostly for me, in my neck and shoulders.
I suppose it would probably help you to know (if you don't already) that I have Fibromyalgia. This means that I get pain through my body in the muscles and fibrous tissue, usually I can manage it ok without painkillers and having had it for 14 years now I've learnt to live with it for the most part. However, if I push myself a bit too hard, or overuse specific muscles, then I get more severe pain. For me, the worst pain is headaches because they stop me from feeling like myself and are just so invasive. When I overuse muscles in my neck and shoulders (like when I've been fruit picking for example), the muscles and tendons in my neck and shoulders tend to get swollen and painful, and cause headaches. It is at this point I run (well hobble or send hubby actually) for the Deep Relief.
~*~ Packaging - Not something I normally mention, but... ~*~
The packaging for this stuff has recently changed, and I have to say I'm quite pleased that it has. It used to be quite a plain boring white box with sort of pastel shades of colour at one end that (I think) were supposed to represent the pain emanating from your body. Now, however, it's a really deep purple coloured box, and that stands out on the shelf far better making it much easier to spot when you're hunting the shelves in the chemist or supermarket, though I have to admit the change did throw me initially. The tube inside is now purple too, and I can find it at a glance now in the medicine cupboard, which is another advantage.
~*~ Use ~*~
To use this gel, you squeeze out some onto your skin - they say 1-4cm of it on the tube - and then rub it over the relevant area till you have a thin layer. Because of the Levermenthol in it, after a few seconds the area where you've rubbed it in gets a kind of icy cold feeling which I kind of quite like and now sort of associate it with the gel beginning to work. You shouldn't use it more often than every four hours, and you can use it up to three times a day on the same area.
I have found, that when this is applied, you want to leave the area exposed to the air for a few minutes (5-10 generally is about right), so that it dries. If you put clothing straight over it, you do sort of tend to stick to the clothing, and I also find it tends to lessen the effects slightly - presumably because the gel is being rubbed off onto the fabric.
~*~ A few Warnings ~*~
Something else you'll want to do is to wash your hands immediately after applying the gel! Not doing so thoroughly can be seriously uncomfortable if you then go on to do anything that involves touching any other body parts - for goodness sake don't rub your eyes! My husband usually applies the gel for me because with it being my shoulder and neck, it's hard for me to reach myself, and I've known him complain of a loss of sensation in his ahem gentleman's area if he's gone to pee straight after and hasn't washed his hands thoroughly enough, so be warned! (Yes ladies I know it sounds comical - made me giggle too the first time - but apparently it's not something we should laugh at if we want them to help us out again EVER! So I'm told.).
If you re-apply the gel during the day, it's very sensible to wash the area thoroughly first I've found. The reason for this is that although the gel does stop working after a while, it does leave a slight residue on the skin, and if you don't remove it between applications two things happen. Firstly, the second application of gel doesn't work as well, and secondly, as you're rubbing it into the area, the first layer starts to kind of rub off into little bobbles (a bit like the little bits you get left on the skin after removing a plaster), and it's not particularly nice to be flaking lol.
One more warning - don't use this on broken skin! I've got skin which grazes quite easily in places, and having had deep massage on my shoulder to try and unknot it, and then used this stuff after, and OH MY LORD!!!! I seriously screamed with the pain of this getting onto the broken skin, so don't do it... just... don't!
(There are of course a number of warnings on the container about the do's and don'ts of who should and shouldn't use this etc., but I'm guessing that you lot are sensible enough to read the tube, so I'm not gonna bother quoting them here!).
Compared to other brands, this stuff is great. I've tried other cheaper brands of Ibuprofen gel, and many of them have contained the same quantity of Ibuprofen, but truly I've always found this one to be head and shoulders (sorry no pun intended honest!) above the rest. I have a feeling it might have something to do with the Ibuprofen being combined with Levermenthol that's in it, as most other Ibuprofen based gels don't seem to contain that. This one is 5% Ibuprofen and 3% Levermenthol.
~*~ Price ~*~
This stuff is horribly expensive. I don't care what anyone says, when you compare it to Tesco's version or Boots version or anyone else's version of Ibuprofen gel, it really is crazily over priced. Except, that it works, and for me at least, these others don't. For a 100g tube I pay about £8-£10 depending on where you buy it. I don't buy it, but the smaller 50g tube is around £4.50-5.50, and the very small 30g tube is even less, though very few places seem to do this size any more.
~*~ Recommendations ~*~
I do highly recommend this gel, particularly if you've tried others and found them not to work so well for you. This one stops me from going nuts on occasion with pain, and for me that's worth the money, it really is.
A serious back injury, and long-term problems as a result of, mean I am supposed to take high strength Ibuprofen tablets several times a day. I'm not keen on taking these tablets as I'm aware of how bad they are for the stomach so I decided to give the gel a try.
I bought a 50g tube for about £4.50 from Boots, this was a few months ago so the price may have changed since. The product contains a percentage of ibuprofen and levomenthol which should work to decrease inflammation and numb the area respectively.
The gel is clear and didn't really smell of much, it applied easily and absorbed quite quickly but was a touch sticky where it had been. I applied a thin covering to my back and waited for some marvellous results.
I did in fact wait for quite some time expecting some relief from this gel and found I didn't get any. I had no decrease in pain or numbing of the area at all. In fact if it wasn't for the slightly sticky sensation I could easily have believed I hadn't actually applied any.
Once the gel is on if you rub the area it flakes off and when you come to wash it off it goes gloopy (is that a real word?) temporarily until it's gone.
I can honestly say this was a complete waste of money for me. I felt no changes whatsoever, good or bad, when wearing the gel. I don't know if this is because my problems are beyond the capability of this product but I can't recommend it.
Ugh, what is that gross minty smell, and why does the skin on my neck have such a strong tingling sensation. aaagh! Well, the answer is more than likely because about 10 minutes ago I applied some deep relief ibuprofen gel. I was told to buy some gel to rub into my shoulder and neck to alleviate the (STILL) painful whiplash soreness. So I diligently went off to Boots and looked up my options. The brand recommended wasn't there, so I looked at the other three and took them to the counter for advice. They all had the same dosage and were similar price, except this one had menthol, which increases the blood flow and apparently delivers relif quicker. So I skipped home, eager to try out my new battle in getting my neck back to normal. First off, the menthol is not the most pleasant smell in my opinion, and is so strong that my eyes watered. The gel is clear and rubs in well, although it is slightly sticky on the surface. Don't think that it stains clothes. So, I rubbed it in and it felt good, then the menthol part obviously started to work, and now my neck and shoulder are hot and cold at the same time, and sort of feel like they are burning. Oh good. However, despite the way the skin on my neck feels, and the lovely odour that I will doubtless be carrying with me today, I do reluctantly have to say that it has made my neck a little less stiff. However, I am going straight back to town this afternoon to see if the less stinky varieties are a better and more sociable option, because of course I am made of money. I have to apply it 3 times a day for a month...
For long lasting pain relief / Deep Relief ; is the first remedy to combine Ibuprofen with Levomenthol / Deep Relief ; is rapidly absorbed through the skin to reduce inflammation at the point of pain / Deep Relief; is effective for the relief of rheumatic pain, muscular aches, pains and swellings such as strains, sprains, backache and sports injuries / Deep Relief; is a clear, non-sticky and non-greasy gel with a mild, pleasant menthol fragrance.