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Relief for Muscle Spasms!

J.J.GreyJJ.J.Grey Posts: 2,961
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:24 AM in Pain Medications
My mother in law has back issues that are much the same as mine. She called me the other day and told me that she found something that gives her great relief from her pain. Now, try not to laugh when I tell you because it really works! She told me to go anywhere that veterinary meds and supplies are sold and purchase something called Horsemans Friend (brand name) Veterinary Horse Linament. Take a hot bath and rub it into my lower back. Well, I was skeptical but willing to try anything so I went and got some. Took a hot bath and not only put it on my low back but also my arthritic knees and neck which had been giving me some trouble. This stuff worked! I woke up the next morning with the least amount of pain that I have had in a long time! My MIL thinks that it helps the arthritis but I am more apt to think that it helps the muscles. Either way, it really does work. Her doc told her that she can use it up to 4 times a day. For those of you having a hard time getting relief from the meds alone, I would highly recommend trying this.


  • I would caution anyone considering this. It may work fantastic, but there may be interactions with medications that someone takes. Once a liniment or rub is applied, it can't just be washed off if someone begins to have a bad reaction.

    Just my $.02

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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,347
    be very careful about. So many times on this forum people are talking about different OTC remedies. Many of them work and that is good for them.
    BUT NEVER start a treatment based on what someone else has heard or seen without first contacting your doctor.

    About 2 years ago, a young female high school athlete died from an overdose of bengay! She was using it for months, almost covering here entire body with the liniment.
    There was no caution on the label, so she felt it was ok to do.

    I am not saying that this Veterinary Horse Liniment could cause similar problems, but always consult a doctor first.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Horse medicine? I don't know, I'm not the brave one. Is it an ointment? My MIL bought me an arthritis cream called Australian dream for $30. She swore that it took all the pain away from her friend. I tried it, used it, kept using it, and can't tell. But I use it anyway until I run out. Zostrix or any thing with capsaicin is all right. I used it for shingles once.
    Dilauro, how can BenGay cause the girl's death? That is so tragic. I know they tell you to use the cream a certain amount of times a day, but I don't abide always. This is certainly a wake up call. Thanks
  • to get slammed for mentioning something that certainly is not a prescription horse med ( however animals are given human meds) that works great. It is nothing more than ICY Hot! But in my opinion works much better! Ingredients:
    Aloe Leaf Juice, Isopropyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Palminate, Propylene Glycol, Camphor,polysorbate 80, Allantoin, Menthol, Eucalyptus, Globulus Oil, Ascorbic Acid, Propylparaben. Nothing scary here and I surely would never suggest taking prescription vet meds.

    The girl Dilauro speaks of overdosed from Aspercreme which contains aspirin. (not Bengay as stated).

    I will not offer any more info at all on simple remedies that work for me although they could actually help someone. I feel that this was blown totally out of proportion.

    Dgardineer, No, a doc would not prescribe it as no prescription is necessary. I would also never use an animal med on anything but my animal, I would think that most of us have that much common sense!
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  • paininthe back

    I don't know about the one you suggested. But Mane and Tail works wonders for hair.

    Not questioning what other people have written, but it a bubble bath, or an otc rub questioned as much? (really not sure, really new)
  • Snookie. I don't know the answer, but it is all in about the same category so I would guess so.
  • I didn't mean to come off like I was slamming your suggestions. The Whoa, there was more for lightening the mood. I have a silly sense of humor. We all know you're being helpful.
    Thanks for clarifying that Aspercream story. Goodness, I just got some today. I will definately read directions. The arthritis I have in my back, and everywhere else has been kicking my butt, even before it cooled off. I am just about thru with the Australian Dream and was on it a month.
  • I'm a Certified Veterinary Technician, so I found this thread pretty interesting. Many meds we prescribe for animals are the same as human meds and in many cases we just call in the prescription to the local pharmacy rather than keep the meds in stock. Nearly all of the antibiotics and pain meds we use are interchangeable. Of course I'm not suggesting that you self-medicate with prescribed veterinary drugs, but I do admit I've correlated my own drug regimen with treatments we use for our patients. On a cellular level we aren't all that different from our furry friends. For instance, we suggest glucosamine, MSM, antioxidants and Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids for our arthritic dogs. Since my spine is basically a series of joints, I am taking exactly those things along with Citrical plus Bone Density Builder to help with my ACDF healing.

    On a non-spine related case, my experience in veterinary medicine actually out-performed my mother's doctors' advice. She suffers from fibromyalgia, gastric reflux, and lactose and gluten intolerances among other things. She has a very sensitive stomach and can barely tolerate vitamins much less other medications the doctor has prescribed for her fibromyalgia pain and intestinal disorders. She gets some pain relief with massage and acupuncture but nothing ever worked for her digestive problems. She basically has had a stomach ache for 10 years. Since I know how we treat our dogs and cats with digestive problems, I suggested that she start taking digestive enzymes, probiotics, and other natural ingredients that increase GI motility. Turns out they worked! I can't believe none of the specialists she's seen over the years ever mentioned these basic treatments. She is so excited to finally be able to eat without pain and to have solid stools again. My dad wants to know if this means he needs to get her a rabies tag!

    Anyways, just thought I'd share.

  • Sometimes things from the keyboard don't come off the same as a casual conversation. My Dad would spray WD40 on his elbows for over 20 years and he never turned into a carburetor, but his elbow did stop squeaking! 8}


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