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    Topical Pain Relief
    chiefsfan37 posted:
    I'm curious; has anyone here looked into topical pain relief to fight rheumatoid arthritis pain? It provides prescription strength pain relief without any pills or side effects. A family member of mine gets topical pain gels through a pharmacy in the midwest, A&R Pharmacy in Liberty, MO, and all he does is apply the gel whenever he's in pain. He has had significant results since going this route and I highly recommend it for anyone struggling with pain and/or pills. I hope this helps!
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    karenlynn123 responded:
    l use a prescripton cream called Voltaren. You cannot use it on all places like your spine or hips. However, it is a lifesaver for my shoulders, wrists, knuckles and feet. It could also be used on knees.
    I suggest you speak to your MD about it. I am prescribed it as a Web five pack monthly. It is also prescribed as 2 or3 packs depending on your specific needs. It may make difference. When my pain is really bad and the ultram doesn't do it, this topical ointment is a godsend.
    crystalscats responded:
    I use the Voltaren as well. It does help and as you are putting it directly on the area, it starts to work immediately. We will never be pain free but every little bit helps. You do need a prescription for it.
    stellagonzalez replied to crystalscats's response:
    Voltaren is not for everyone, my mother used it but she did not find any relief from pain.
    kzetmeir responded:
    Not a cure ... but has recently released a non-prescription Anti-Inflammation topical remedy that appears to have very strong properties.
    mommy2isaac responded:
    I have a prescription for Voltaren Gel however I have not found it very effective.
    RA gal,

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