I’ve never met a fibromyalgia-related lotion, cream or spray that I didn’t want to try. Despite all the money I’ve wasted, I keep hoping that one day, somehow, someway, there will be a product that I can rub on my skin, and it will magically take the pain away. That would be awesome, wouldn’t it?
Well, I have found a few products that help reduce my fibro pain, but nothing ever delivers 100 percent. In fact, most fibromyalgia products fail miserably. I normally share products I like with my readers, but I think it’s useful to share what didn’t work, too. Below are a few of the products that have recently ended up in my trash can.
Disclaimer: Everyone with fibromyalgia is different. Some products may work for me and not for you and vice versa. This post isn’t intended to bash any particular product; these are just my own observations. This post may contain affiliate links.
Life-Flo Magnesium Lotion
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, then you probably know I love Morton Epsom Salt Lotion! It is without question THE BEST topical cream that I’ve ever used for fibromyalgia. Unfortunately, Morton stopped making it a few months ago. When I found out, I ran to my local Walgreens and cleaned out the shelf. I’m still using up my stockpile, but at some point, that’s going to run out, so I’ve been hunting for a replacement. I stumbled upon Life-Flo Magnesium Lotion while browsing Vitacost.com and ordered it to reach the threshold for free shipping.
I usually apply some form of magnesium product on my legs and feet every night before bed. It helps with the pain, reduces the sensation of restless legs and relieves some of the burning in my feet. When I first applied the Life-Flo lotion, I liked it. It has a light, sweet scent, and it’s thick and creamy. Unfortunately, it did not perform as well as the Morton lotion. I did nothing to relieve my pain or burning. I ended up requesting a refund from Vitacost, and the bottle is buried in some landfill right now.
Ease Magnesium Spray
I ordered two bottles of Ease Magnesium Spray after seeing an advertisement for it on Facebook. Like the Life-Flo lotion, I was hoping the Ease spray would replace the Morton lotion that I adore. No such luck! I used the spray several times on my legs and feet, and didn’t experience any noticeable change in my pain level.
Noxicare Natural Pain Relief Cream
I had high hopes for Noxicare Natural Pain Relief Cream because it’s formulated by a Harvard-trained physician for joint, nerve and musculoskeletal pain. I’m trying to use less toxic body care products these days, so I also liked that Noxicare is made from all-natural ingredients like turmeric, basil, rosemary and ginger.
I used the cream several times on my legs, knees and hips for overall pain relief. I also applied it a few times to my feet for nerve pain. It did nothing.
Aspercreme with Lidocaine
I decided to pick up a tube of Aspercreme with Lidocaine after a reader said she’s had good results using lidocaine for the neuropathy in her feet. I believe she uses a prescription version, but when I asked my neurologist about it, he suggested buying the drugstore version. I know some fibro sufferers swear by this stuff, so I was hopeful. I applied it to my feet on several occasions, and nothing happened. My feet just kept burning.
Badger Sleep Balm
I guess this isn’t technically a fibro product, but since most of us have sleep issues, I thought I would include it. I have mixed feelings about Badger Sleep Balm. I absolutely love how it smells in the tin. I could breathe it in all day! But when I apply it to my temples or chest or even directly under my nose, I can’t smell it at all. Since this is an aromatherapy product that’s supposed to help with sleep, it kind of defeats the purpose if you can’t smell it. I’m still using my tin, hoping maybe it’s doing something, but I won’t be repurchasing it.
Now it’s your turn! What’s your go-to fibromyalgia product? Share in the comments!