Topical Ibruprophen?!

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   Posted 12/27/2007 10:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I didn't know it existed!  Has anyone tried it?  Sure would be nice to reduce fevers this way to protect the gut.  I respond a whole lot better to ibruprophen than tylenol.  I'm sure the topical spray is intended for joint pain, but I'm open to the possibility!

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   Posted 1/3/2008 12:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Do you know where you can get it, broomhilda? I wouldn't mind giving this a try! I get joint pain, especially in my jaw (TMJ syndrome) and today it was hurting, and for the first time in a couple months I broke down and took some ibuprofen--not good, I know, and I am sure I will pay for it later!

If you or anyone else happens to know where to get this, please let me know for sure! Thanks!

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   Posted 1/3/2008 1:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Indigo - is the TMJ related to Crohn's? I think I have something similar and was given a mouthguard by the dentist to prevent grinding my teeth as I sleep. The mouthguard hasn't helped, and I thought that it was just stress-related, but never clued into the fact that it could be linked to the Crohn's.

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   Posted 1/3/2008 7:16 AM (GMT -6)   

To be honest, I am not sure if TMJ syndrome is related to Crohn's or not.  There is a newer nightguard out there and I use it--it is the NTI nightguard and it has really helped me out as far as TMJ related pain goes.  It keeps you from both clenching AND grinding.  It also reduces migraines.  My jaw will hurt from time to time but nothing like before! 

I believe there is a website for the NTI and it links you to different dentists in the area that can make it for you.  You also get it in the same day which is really nice! 

Good luck to you and let me know how it goes!  TMJ problems are NOT fun!


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   Posted 1/3/2008 9:16 AM (GMT -6)   

I am very hopeful that this is something we can take. I wonder if since the ibuprofen does not go through our digestive system if we could use it? I have terrible lower back pain and Tylenol does nothing for it!




Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 On 150mg Azathioprine (generic Imuran), Pentasa, & Entocort (take zofran for nausea now)

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 also on Soma

Also have Arthritis, and feel like I am falling apart sometimes...

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   Posted 1/3/2008 9:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I would proceed with caution on this one. I think I would talk with your GI before using this.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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   Posted 1/3/2008 2:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Good point, Nanners!

Out of curiosity, if you have IBD or suspected IBD, what can taking oral ibuprofen do? Does anyone know?

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   Posted 1/3/2008 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey there,

IbuCream™  is a novel topical pain relieving cream available over-the-counter that contains a proprietary compound called ViaDerm FMG™.
Spine and pain specialists may recommend the use of a topical pain-reliever to help relieve the symptoms of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, neck or low back sprain/strain, whiplash, muscular and joint pain, spasms, and some types of nerve pain.

I do not believe that this is anything to be used on the pain of Crohn's disease but would be helpful for the arthirtic component of the disease. I would never use it for anything other than what is listed above without talking to your physician.  It would not be safe.

Take care


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