I have chronic low back, pelvic, left hip and thigh pain since 2013. Undiagnosed as doctors don't know the cause. Have tried everything, nothing relieves satisfactorily- the pain is like spasms, can burn hot and feel grinding and sharp too. It wakes me up. Pain levels daily/nightly between 6-10 and feels like torture. Seriously has destroyed my entire life. I've bee applying Zostriz HP for about 6 weeks now, and the spasms still occur. I can't say this cream has done anything for me so far but I've read that with chronic pain it can take much longer to feel the pain relieving benefit as this cream works differently than a pain reliever. Should I continue or just accept defeat at the 6/7 week mark? I buy a tube of the cream each week so it's costing me $25 Australian each week - I'd be more than happy to pay even more if I knew it would work eventually, but I'm kinda using hope and because I'm not working, I don't want to waste money if it's past it's "should have worked by now" phase. Please help.
I'm sorry you are going through this.
As a victim of undiagnosed pain for years are understand the mental anguish.
Capsaicin is a cream /patch that is a derivative of chili peppers.
It's meant to decrease substance P in relaying pain messages to the spinal cord so the brain does not feel the pain signals.
You should feel some sensations within the hour.
Did you have shingles?
In chronic pain, it does take longer. The affected area needs to be depleted of substance P.
I read you should notify your doctor if no relief by a week.
It's not only the cost but the suffering waiting and not knowing if it's going to work.
Have you tried Gabapentin!
Perhaps for the spasms you may benefit from a muscle relaxant like Flexeril.
Do not suffer in silence! The squeaky wheel gets the grease!
Call your doctor until you find something that will work.
I'd suggest finding a chronic pain support group either locally or online.
It's important to have somebody to talk to and families get "oversaturated" plus they feel so helpless because they can't help you.
Are you using it 4x / day? Do you massage it in for 3-4 min?
Best wishes and I hope you get answers.
I don't know what is available in Australia, but in the USA we have two kinds of capsicum patches... the OTC ones are some fraction of a percent strength and don't do much.
The Qutenza ones are applied at a doctor's office and contain 8% capsicum. The effects can last for 3 weeks or even months for one application that lasts about an hour.
Over the counter I've found the Tiger Balm 11% camphor / menthol creams to be helpful, but otherwise not much helps.
You might benefit from making a rheumatology appointment. There are many types of arthritis and you need a true expert to distinguish between them. Good luck to you.
Ive just got my capsaicine cream over ebay and I am burning in Hell i must admit it, and thats coz i am using the less strong one
I am like you, suffer By AN undiagnosed disease + "untreated correctly" toendinitis... Over here you
Get prescriptions of paracetamol, ibuprofen and diclofenac... Thats less effectice than chamomile tea...
I have decided to try this cream because my fiancee cant watch me suffering anymore.
Its hard to.cope sometimes...
How are you feeling now?
I think lyrica was the best medicine for me SO far.
- Capsaicin Information for Consumers
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