Fibromyalgia is often described as achiness or soreness in the muscles and joints, which is why some sufferers find relief in the use of topical analgesics. Topical ointments and other analgesic lotions are often advertised as pain reducers for muscle and joint afflictions. However, there are other products that help reduce inflammation as well. Some products contain ingredients like Aloe Vera, Capsicum, Arnica, and Chondroitin which aid in the fight against inflammation rather than just masking the symptoms of the fibromyalgia pain. Most topical solutions contain menthol as an ingredient because it is known to create a soothing, cooling effect for inflammation and pain. Capsicum is already a well researched supplement for decreasing pain and inflammation in fibromyalgia sufferers, and can also be found in some topical analgesics. Some topical analgesics contain Emu oil which is known to permeate through the skin faster and carry along other beneficial ingredients with it. There is a wide variety of topical creams on the market, so you may want to do a little research in choosing a brand that is individualistic to your fibromyalgia. Some topical creams may contain strong smells that can be offensive to some; however there are some products that claim to have little to no smell. In other words, do some trial-and-error when looking for a topical analgesic that works right for you. Topical analgesics are perfect because they can be combined with other treatment options such as: before starting a physical exercise, during periods of rest, and in combination with aromatherapy and stretching exercises.
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