I’m one of the millions of people who live with chronic pain. In fact, nearly 1 in 5 adults living in the United States has been diagnosed with Arthritis and it’s the leading cause of disability in Americans over the age of 15. The cost to the US Economy is more than $124 billion per year and millions more are spent on over-the-counter products to bring relief to suffers.
Arthritis also affects three times as many women as men, and there are more than 100 different types of it, so it’s hard to diagnose and hard to treat.
May is Arthritis Awareness Month
To support those living with pain, they’ve put together some information at to help. One of the most important ways to combat arthritis is to stay active, but that’s made more difficult when you’re dealing with chronic pain. Or worse, when the meds you’re taking for your pain cause other issues. That’s were I am. I take massive amounts of Ibuprofen to get through the day, but Ibuprofen has risks. According to Drugs.com, “Ibuprofen can increase your risk of life-threatening heart or circulation problems, including heart attack or stroke. This risk will increase the longer you use ibuprofen...Ibuprofen can also increase your risk of serious effects on the stomach or intestines, including bleeding or perforation (forming of a hole).”
So I’ve been looking for other ways to treat my pain and I happened upon Stopain. It’s a topical pain reliever, applied directly to the painful location, for quick relief.
Stopainis available in four formulations: Stopain Spray, Stopain Extra Strength Spray, Stopain Extra Strength Roll-On and the new Stopain Gel. The spray and roll-on formulations feature a convenient hands-free application – just spray or roll on and you’re done. No rubbing it in or dealing with the mess.
I tried the extra-strength roll-on and love it. It’s easy to apply, completely mess-free, and as long as I don’t touch anything until it’s dry, it’s perfect. Since I’m using it on my hands, I have to be careful not to touch my face or other body parts or I’ll spread the icy hot product…which may mean having a body part burning I hadn’t intended. It’s especially important not to touch or spray into the eyes.Once the liquid is dry, it’s inert and doesn’t spread.
Does it work? YES! But first it feels like a sunburn. Sort of hot and cold at the same time. But within 5-10 minutes that goes away and it’s just pure relief. Since it’s topical, it does go through the skin barrier and into my system, but I’ve got to believe it’s a smaller dose than the 9-10 Ibuprofen I usually take each day.
Stopain can be purchased online or at local stores such as Wal-Mart, CVS Stores, Walgreen, Price Chopper, Stop & Shop, Rite-Aid, Kerr Drugs, Harmon Store and more. For a complete list, visit their Where to Buy page.
For every Stopain product sold in 2011, a portion of the proceeds is donated to the Arthritis Foundation (with a minimum contribution of $25,000), I love that. I love when companies give back to their community. They’re also hosting a Stopain “Spring in Your Step” giveaway, through the month of May at: www.facebook.com/stopain and www.twitter.com/stopain
- 12 Nice Things You Can Do For Someone In Pain (huffingtonpost.com)
- CDC Links Obesity, Arthritis, and Lack of Exercise (arthritis.webmd.com)