Penetrex Cream??? Does this stuff really work?

Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by jimanuel12, May 4, 2010.

  1. ttwarrior1

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    i think ill try it, worth a shot
     
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  2. jimanuel12

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    went for my first treatment yesterday and the arm is better already.
    i have tried "everything" for the TE and "nothing" has cured it.
    i am hopeful that the deep tissue therapy will be the trick.
    we shall see.
    will keep you all posted.:)
     
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    This thread is unintentionally hilarious.

    1) OP asks about questionable product which makes questionable medical claim.
    2) Second poster posts scientific study saying it doesn't work.
    3) Third poster posts personal anecdote that it does work.
    4) OP ignores scientific study and says he'll purchase the product.

    Ah humanity!
     
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  4. ttwarrior1

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    ordered some, got it today, wow its a little bottle and not gonna last long, started working after 3rd app.
     
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  5. DANMAN

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    Look into Voltaren gel. It is a topical NSAID. It's approximately $40 per ounce.
     
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  6. jimanuel12

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    good luck with it, hope it helps.
     
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  7. Robbnc

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    Really guys ? A topical cream to cure tennis elbow ? This thread is in bad need of a reality check.
     
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  8. DANMAN

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    Voltaren gel has some good studies showing it is effective. It is a topical NSAID. Will it cure tennis elbow...no? Will it help alleviate some of the symptoms...potentially. It has helped with my patellar tendonitis.
     
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  9. jimanuel12

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    the only thing i have tried with SOME success is DMSO. it seems to help a little - i have used it several times with limited success. I think because it is a solvent it can penetrate the skin and muscle better than any other cream, lotion i have tried.:(
     
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    Any updates? :twisted:
     
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  11. aussie

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    Penetrex did nothing for me except cause my skin around the lateral condyle to blister. Does smell nice though (if you like peppermint!). Of more use is Voltaren gel which will reduce pain which may be of benefit if you wish to manage the condition but possibly at the cost of worsening your TE if there is no rest.
     
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  12. SystemicAnomaly

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    ^ Voltaren gel is a topical NSAID (diclofenac sodium). It is available in the US by prescription. Do not know if there is a milder version available OTC. One might be able to order some quantity from a Canadian or European source.

    I did get some relief from another topical NSAID -- ibuprofen cream (or gel). I was originally ordering it from Europe as Dolgit cream. For a while I was able to get an IB cream from a US source. I don't believe that it is available any longer from that particular source. However, I have seen both Dolgit and Ibutop on e Bay.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14994406

    I noticed that Penetrex has gotten 4.5 stars out of 5 on Amazon (feedback from more than 5000 users if you combine rating for both the 2 oz and 4 oz sizes). While that doesn't indicate its effectiveness, it is an indication that most Amazon customers appeared to be satisfied with the product.
     
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  13. aussie

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    Yes I really wanted Penetrex to work and the thousands of positive reviews gave me hope. I even had several email exchanges with Penetrex staff which added further to my positive expectations, but alas, I finished with blisters and no change to the TE. Voltaren gel and Nurofen (Ibuprofen) gel are available over the counter in Australia and both are quite effective at topical pain relief.
     
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  14. Bagumbawalla

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    Try Traumeel cream. It comes in a tube like toothpaste- has no smell, actually works- kind of expensive, though.
     
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