Topical Pain Relief

Stopping the pain at the site

Knowing we had more or less come to the end of the road, I started reading up the whole pain mechanism in the hope I could ask intelligent questions. Most accounts were too technical, but I found one excellent article by Jon Barron.

What particularly interested me was his suggestion of interrupting the pain impulse at the site of injury. Stop the “snowball effect,” whereby the initial chemicals released (histamine, prostaglandin and bradykinin) unleash substance P, which amplifies the pain signal on its way north to the brain. Whether the problem is inflammation or pain, the pain impulse can be interrupted either by decreasing the levels of the pain biochemicals or by blocking the pain nerves.

NSAIDs can block only prostaglandins and have no effect on the pain nerves. Acetaminophen has no significant effect at this level. Narcotics can block substance P, but don’t decrease the levels of pain biochemicals. Not very encouraging. I had tried capsaicin cream which works on substance P, but found it ineffective and it gave me a cough.

Jon Barron suggests there is a three way solution which:

  • Decreases the levels of pain biochemicals;
  • Blocks the release of substance P; and
  • Slows the pain transmission along the spinal chord.

He has put together a natural formula, which he claims does just that. For details, please read his article (link below). My reaction was disbelief. “Snake oil!” I exclaimed to my husband. How could it do do much with a few drops? How could anything work when so much had failed?

But what had I got to lose? $35 and some more hope. I ordered some of the “Essential Relief” oil. I applied a few drops, as instructed. I could feel a warmth as it penetrated, then I forgot about it – until I realized my pain had gone! A few days later I offered it to a girl friend whose arthritic toe was giving her gyp. We wnt out to dinner and halfway through the meal, Bill asked how her toe was feeling. Her jaw dropped. “I haven’t felt it all meal – and I can bend it. Look!” We all peered under the table in awe.

I have been using Essential Relief for a month now – and it still works! I am doing more every day and getting up each morning eager rather than weighed down at the burden of just getting through the day, both our son and younger daughter have visited and were amazed at how much I can do compared with last year. My sitting is still iffy, but last night we went out for dinner and I sat for two hours without using a TENS and without having to rest most of the day beforehand.

It sounds too good to be true, but consider:

  • I have no connection with the company
  • I was very skeptical as was Bill
  • If it is the placebo effect, why now, when I had little hope? Why not one of the many cures I tried earlier and had good reason to believe would work?

More info:

Ascending and descending pain pathways – link

Give me Your Pain by Jon Barron – link

Capsaicin cream – link

Baseline Nutritionals, who supply Essential Relief – link

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