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Voltaren Gel - Anyone use for back pain?
I've got Voltaren Gel prescribed to me for Tennis Elbow in 2010. I've done a bit of reading about it for back pain, but wanted to see if any of you have used it with success. The theory of putting it on ones back sounds solid. It provides a concentrated dose of NSAID to affected area and provides less of a systematic release of the drug.
If you've used it successfully, did you put it on the muscles or directly over the spine. My pharmacist said be careful putting it over the spine as it could provide a large dose to the fluids. She also said she's not that experienced when it comes to Voltaren Gel.
The information in the box said it has not been evaluated for spine use, but I cannot find any evidence that it's harmful either. I asked my PM about it on Tuesday and he gave me the green light to use it, but didn't have much to say either.
I'm funny about new medications and rightfully so. Thanks for any advice, just trying to use this in the safest possible manner. My back is bothering me so bad now I'm ready to try nearly anything to get it back to where it was.
The oral NSAID I'm currently prescribed is 800mg Ibuprofen. When I first began taking it I can say it was like a miracle cure. I'm having less of an effect from it nowadays, but I've always believed in the powers of NSAID's. Which one worked the best for you? (P.S. I know not to take both Voltaren and Ibuprofen same day). Thx