INVENT PEACE !
Lets Save Ourselves !
You can get SalonPas patches (cheap at walmart or dollar tree) has menthol, camphor, methyl SALICYLATE: *nsaid =a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (as aspirin, salicylate, Diclofenac, ibuprofen, naproxen) .
Aspercreme (aspirin creme) is another good one (cheap), and also China Gel ($$).
After being informed that the $$ "Flector" pain patch uses an Nsaid diclofenac as the active ingredient to alleviate pain in localized areas as such patches are put on the skin (usually sticky patches that self adhere to the skin) and the ingredient "leaches" into the skin and on into the local area where the joint pain is located. It works ! BUT even just the co-pay with an HMO is High at $44 per 12 or 24 pack. Being an inventor/experimentor of sorts, I decided to try to create my own home remedy Nsaid (ASPIRIN) patch; so taking about 10 aspirins and with a very small amount of water, I ground the aspirin in a bowl to a find powder "slurry" when the water dissolved it , next I took a paper towel and in the case of my sprained big toe cut the paper towel into a strip about 10" long and about the width of the length of my toe, soaking the paper towel with all the aspirin slurry ; I then wrapped my toe with the aspirin impregnated paper towel, then I put the standard beige masking tape around the whole toe to keep the paper towel in place; the results were much more pain relief than the lidocaine patches, and at almost free cost, its hard to lose; but perhaps more importantly we can make our own in almost any situations (late night, out of town, weekend, European travel, vacations, camping, etc without having to pay to go to E.R. or Dr, and accompanying higher cost pharmacy trips, saving both time and $$ ( you could also use cloth or even an sub-epidermal carrier or glycerin such as perhaps" DMSO).
My experience is that the Aspirin patch is much more effective than the lidocaine as lidocaine isn't even a noticeable pain relief after 1-3 uses and they don't make lidocaine patches in any higher strength than 5%; so for severe joint pain I prefer the aspirin method patch described above. yeah if you are rich, just get Flector but even then "they" decide the strength, not you.
I would recommend making multiple patches at one time, then let all but one dry out which keeps the aspirin impregnated in the paper towel or cloth, then when ready to use, simply put on skin area of concern tape it over around the edges to keep it in place, , wet slightly the area in the middle and "bawalla" you have your Homemade Nsaid Aspirin patch fast and cheap. No its not Flector's diclofenac but it sure worked good on my sore toe. Consult a Dr before trying this !
HEALTH IDEAS !
Warning: Consult a Doctor before trying any of these home, folk, herbal, or other remedies, to alleviate symptoms of anything.
Cure for POISON IVY, SUMAC, OAK, Maybe even Shingles and maybe help for acne? :
Chlorine (clorox original works) for 45 seconds TOPICALLY then immediate rinse off with water (do not ingest or eat or drink), (only for 45 seconds then rinse off ) . You will should feel a slight warming sensation to the skin, but its only for a few seconds. Rinse off thoroughly after 45 seconds. AGAIN rinse off with water after only 45 seconds !
Repeat as needed up to 3 x per day, if any bad reaction occurs cease at once. It worked for us many times so far for the 3 poison ivy, may work for poison oak, sumac, and did seemingly help stop the shingles in 2016 ? Just conjecture for acne so far. Patent pending.