... in pain mostly at night. So my PCP gave me a script for Topical Pain Medication Cream. To use it 4/daily. Has anyone every heard of it or has used it before? started it today. It is made especially to meet your individual needs.
Yes, I have heard of this. There are many different types. Some are similar to OTC stuff (things that heat or cool the skin like menthol, capsaicin, etc) salacyclic acids to help with inflammation, lidocaine to help numb the area and I have even seen compounded creams that have medicines like oxycodone, tramadol, morphine and sometimes even muscle relaxants mixed with a cream for topical use. I have not tried the compounded topicals myself but I know a lot of people use them and get good relief. Dr Forrest Tennant, who is famous for his work with intractable pain, recommends compounded topicals to his patients. In one of his articles I have read, he even mentioned how to make them yourself. It requires that you crush 4-5 of your immediate release pain tablets, mix with cold creme (I cant remember how much-like an ounce or two-I'll have to look for the article-if I can find it I'll come back and let you know) and apply to the area as needed.
Most people prefer it compounded so as to not have to use their supply of oral medication to make the topical. I have thought about trying it though.
I use voltaren which is just an anti- inflammatory gel on my back and it works good. Seems to only last two hours tops and you do have to wash and dry before applying and not have any clothing touch the area for 10 minutes. So it is a lot easier to take a pill but I do use it usually twice a day with good relief.
Frequently 50 mg every 6 of tramadol isn't enough. I take 100 mg every 6. And you have to take it regularly, it doesn't work as well if you only take it when you have pain.
Just Letting everyone know how the Topical Medication cream is working.
It is helping, not taking all the pain away but it's alot better than without
the cream. Getting some more sleep too. Yea it suck that you have to
wash the area before putting on the cream, but thats better than all that pain. Thanks for all the comments.
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