This stuff really works - on humans!
The RAPIGEL website says it is a "muscle and joint relieving gel for horses and dogs" and is meant to reduce inflammation and swelling in joints and tendons, and relieve muscle soreness due to over exertion, fatigue and bruising IN ANIMALS. However this product is well known by people with arthritis and is sold at the chemist. I heard a group of elderly men at the pharmacy talking about how great it is and they all recommended it. I asked my GP and she said she'd heard it worked on humans but was sceptical. I spoke to the pharmacist to make...sure it wouldn't interfere with my prescribed medications, then purchased a 250ml jar (about $29). I have extensive arthritis and get flare ups of inflammation and pain around the joints, especially the knees and hands. When I'm in pain I have a warm bath or shower then apply this liberally on the painful joints and rub it in well. It's a clear, thick gel and isn't sticky. The isopropyl alcohol, menthol and camphor in the gel quickly gets to work, it feels VERY cold and then settles down. I start to get pain relief within 10 minutes and feel considerably better within 30 minutes, and it lasts for hours. You don't have to have a bath first - it just helps to relax. I use this in conjunction with my prescribed pain relief medication when I get break-through pain, and I prefer this to constant pill popping as even over the counter pain relief has side effects. Over the years I've spent a lot of money on other gels, creams etc from the chemist and they don't work as well as this. For pain that responds well to cold (like ice packs) this is well worth a try. Like all medicinal products you should talk to the pharmacist or your GP first to make sure it's suitable for you.
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