Capsaicin (chili pepper) cream for PF pain
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Posted by lisa on August 20, 1998 at 22:42:55:
I just came back from my first appointment with my health plan's physiatrist. After 13 years of PF pain and little to no response from conventional approaches, I had endoscopic surgery six months ago on both feet. Since then I've done PT and been back to the podiatrist, but the bottom line is: on a good day I'm the same as before surgery and on a bad day, worse. The physiatrist recommended Capsaicin cream, whose primary ingredient is the active ingredient in chili pepper. It's supposed to act as a counter-irritant when rubbed on topically 2x/day for 2-3 weeks. He says that when it works, it builds up in the nerve endings and disrupts pain signals to the brain, bringing relief. He's also going to do a nerve conduction study, but in the meantime suggested I try this. I searched this site and found NOTHING on this: has anyone tried it??
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