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Is there a prescription strength Ben Gay type of medication?

I had a two-level microdiscectomy and foraminotomy on May 30th for a whole host of spinal problems. Most of my pain was on my left side. Since surgery my left side feels pretty good but I'm having a LOT of pain now on my RIGHT side. It's right in my right buttock and sometimes goes into my ankle and foot so I'm assuming its sciatica/nerve pain. I'm guessing they irritated the nerve during surgery. Two steps forward, one step back.

Anyway, I tried Ben Gay on the pain tonight and it actually helped a bit. I was wondering if anyone knows if there's a stronger/prescription strength version of Ben Gay that I could ask my doctor about. I have hydrocodone and Nucynta and neither have helped at all so i was pretty surprised that I felt a difference with Ben Gay when opiods havent even helped. Thanks for any suggestions!


  • I like the Ben-Gay stuff that you keep in the freezer, I can't remember the name of it though. Works really well. I usually will put on 2 coats and then cover it with a towel or something.
  • There is a product called biofreeze. It worked really well for me. You can purchase it online or at a lot of chiropractors offices. It gets super cold where you apply it and it isn't stinky like ben gay.
    Discectomies 05/08 and 04/11, fusions L4-5 Feb 9,2012 and L3-L4 June 28,2012, Staph infection washout 3/2/2012, Bulged L5-S1. SCS trial on January 17th, 2014, which was a success! Permanent SCS on February 20th.
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  • EMS GuyEEMS Guy Posts: 1,606
    edited 06/19/2013 - 2:30 AM
    It's not a prescription, but Maxfreeze and other rubs that are 7% - 10% menthol work fairly well, depending on what your pain generator is.

    There is a rub I've used in the past called Voltaren which I believe is a creame version of Cataflam which is a NSAID. It does require a prescription. It's safer than taking the pill version if you have any cardiac issues.
    Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2
  • Thanks! I'll start googling these ideas!
  • cynmarccynmar Texas, USAPosts: 64
    Hello StarsandBucks. My doctor recently prescribed Voltaren Transdermal Gel for my Sciatic nerve pain and it does help. My pain is also on the right side. Good luck to you.
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