Can I use Voltaren Gel on my neck?
- 21 Dec 2012 by Lynn Hodges
- 23 Dec 2012
- voltaren, voltaren gel, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, pain, fibromyalgia
I have been using this gel for over a year on my joints due to twenty years of Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis. Now we add Fibromyalgia to the mix, and anything I can do to relieve pain without getting that "drugged" feeling, I will do.
The chronic fatigue is overwhelming. I stopped one of my main pain meds due to the fact that to stay comfortable I was sleeping too much. Provigil does not work for me. It just runs my BP up, not my energy. My doctors want me to see a psychiatrist for a prescription for an ADHD med that might stimulate me more during the day.
It may not help you. I find that nsaids do nothing for my fibro pain. What helps is heat or ice. When my neck gets bad, I have a long thingy that you heat in the microwave and put it around your neck. It feels wonderful. I also use aspercreme or walmart has a cream called sportscream that is good. You also need to do neck stretching excercises, and losen those muscles up so when they tighten its not as bad. You'll find that over the years you will accumulate different support things for all areas of your body, in 60s of it, I've got that heat thing, a heating pad, a wrist support for both hands, get the idea? I've also got a water pillow that I can adjust so that my head stays in alighnment with my body, instead of cocking it to one side, which helps the neck and avoids some of the headaches.
I use it on my neck as well as other parts of my body. It helps me a lot in the other areas but my neck, well it still helps, but my pain is due to fused & recently revised fusions in addition to FM. It can't hurt to try! Good luck!
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