For the last few years, I’ve been searching for various topical creams t0 help manage fibromyalgia symptoms. Most recently I’ve had the opportunity to try Topricin Fibro Cream to see what the hype is all about.
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Why topical creams?
After being diagnosed with fibromyalgia in late 2012, my physician prescribed me antidepressants to better manage my symptoms. The medication triggered a migraine preceded by three days of complete apathy. It absolutely brought the cliche ‘zombie mom’ to a whole new level for me. It was an understatement really. I stopped the antidepressant and asked to try a different approach – pain medication.
I don’t remember what she prescribed me, but I do remember having an adverse reaction to it. That time and each time following various surgeries, the prescribed medication at the time would knock me (followed by a major hangover when I awoke), have me high and drooling a bit, made me feel drunk while slurring my words and talking nonsense, or have me itching all over my body. Even generic ibuprofen would give me a slight upset stomach. It was awful.
This is why I choose to find alternative approaches to managing my pains. One of the alternative options is tropical creams, and I recently reached out to Topricin Fibro Cream about their product.
Warning of This Cream
WARNING: This product contains the active ingredient ‘belladonna’ which is a component isolated from the plant Atropa belladonna. A March 2018 study stated: “It is commonly used as an herbal remedy to combat pain, reduce secretions, and alleviate muscle spasms. In large quantities, belladonna can induce anticholinergic toxicity. Patients with anticholinergic toxicity may present with flushing, dry skin and mucous membranes, mydriasis with loss of accommodation, altered mental status, fever, sinus tachycardia, decreased bowel sounds, functional ileus, urinary retention, hypertension, tremulousness, and myoclonic jerking leading to rhabdomyolysis. As little as 2 mg of atropine ingestion has been reported to produce those symptoms.”
I reached out to Topricin with this concern and this is what they said:
“Hi Brandi, thanks for sending this over 🙂 Being a homeopathic product business for over 25 yrs, we have seen many articles and studies like this about natural actives in homeopathic biomedicines. We always encourage users to educate themselves on reading ingredient labels and wish more people did that for all their personal care products.
In regards to Belladonna, in its raw, herbal, or (USP) pharmaceutical form, this active [ingredient] has been used a very long time in inpatient care and is pretty potent stuff. However, when we render Belladonna for our products, we use very safe and homeopathic steps known as serial dilution and succussion. This process has been used for over 200 years, which gently calms down nerve tissue and muscular spasms. It is the synergy of all the natural biomedicines working together that make Fibro Cream as well as other homeopathic work.”
So, What’s the Hype with Topricin Fibro Cream?
Fibro Cream has been circulating social media for a couple of years now. I’ve seen it plastered in my Facebook news feed, tweeting on Twitter, and shared time and again in various fibromyalgia groups online. I’ve seen a range of reviews about it from ‘it didn’t help at all’ to ‘an absolute game-changer’. Regardless of the reviews, it’s stirring up conversation and getting the fibromyalgia community’s attention.
So what I wanted to know is why? What’s the hype with this topical cream?
Topricin is a company with a focus on developing natural pain relief products. It extended its line to include a product for managing various symptoms associated with fibromyalgia and neuropathy and is available as an over the counter cream through various online sources such as their website, Target, Walgreens, Walmart, Amazon, and Jet.
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This homeopathic cream is made up of 11 bio-medicines formulated to target specific pains. The back of the bottle lists the following ingredients and their purpose:
- Aesculus hippocastanum 6X: for lower back pain, bruising injuries to hip and spine
- Arnica montana 3X: Aids in treating the pain of impact injuries and contusions to muscles and joints
- Belladonna 6X: Aids in treating muscle spasms, night leg cramps
- Crotalus horridus 12X: Relief of impact injuries and deep muscle bruising
- Echinacea 3X: Relieves sharp stitching pain in joints and muscles
- Graphites 3X: Relieves skin conditions and scaring
- Heloderma 12X: Relief of burning pain in the hands and feet
- Lachesis mutus 12X: Relief of sciatic pain and carpal tunnel
- Naja tripudians 12X: Relief of tender point nerve pain
- Rhus Toxicodendron 8X: Helps to relieve pain for muscle cramping, joint, and post-surgical pain
- Ruta graveolens 3X: Relieves pain, soreness, and bruising of the hands, wrists, and shoulders
As you can see, the bio-medicines in Fibro Cream make it a safe, hypoallergenic option for managing chronic pain, neuropathy, and fibromyalgia issues. It contains no chemicals or irritants and is completely odorless.
The application is easy! Apply three to four times per day (or more as needed) being sure those times include after waking and before going to bed. Instructions are specific to apply three inches on and around the affected area, massaging into the area until fully absorbed.
I made sure to try Fibro Cream for approximately three weeks before forming a solid review of it. Three weeks was enough time to get an accurate decision and would include various types of days for me. Various types of days meaning rest days, typical days, and extreme days.
I apply the cream each morning, midday, and evening with additional applications as needed throughout each day. My affected areas were my neck, shoulders, lower back, and occasionally my knees. I didn’t use any other topical creams while using Fibro Cream in order to get an accuracy of its effectiveness.
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A Little Goes a Long Way
Immediately upon the first application, I noticed how a little bit goes a long way. I like that a lot wasn’t needed to cover an affected area especially if I was to apply it at least three times a day.
Odorless – REALLY!
The website claims the cream is odorless, but I was still skeptical. There are 11 bio-medicines listed in the ingredients, so I had little faith the cream would be odorless. I was thinking odor, but tolerable. Nope! I was wrong. It is completely odorless! I have a sensitive nose and can smell anything from across a room/house. This sensitivity usually leads to a headache which is no fun in a world full of irritants. I was relieved that I couldn’t smell anything at all when applying and wearing the Fibro Cream – even when the cream was on my shoulders most of the time!
Smooth and Creamy
Texture. Texture is a minorly major thing for me. I can tolerate a rough texture, but I don’t like it. With this cream, it went on smooth and felt creamy while rubbing it into my skin. This made it enjoyable to apply and easy, too.
The three weeks I used this product included typical weekdays of sitting at a computer most of the day followed by fours of part-time work at the local elementary school and concluding each evening with dinner, cleanup and evening routines for my kids and me. During that time I also worked a weekend signs installation job which included sitting in a car driving for six to eight hours and installing nearly sixty signs, helped a friend unload a storage unit, had several days of long walking, and several appointments scattered throughout. Needless to say, I truly tested the cream’s ability.
How did it do?
Fibro Cream helped to keep my pain levels manageable during those weeks. I had one or two flares during that time which is GREAT for me! During the flares, I rested and doubled up on the application of the cream. This is when I was most grateful for the smooth texture and no smell. I didn’t have to use heating pads during these times either. The cream holds up on its own without needing reinforcement. Win-win!
My Recommendation for Fibro Cream
I say give Fibro Cream a shot. It’s good to have multiple options for relieving fibromyalgia aches and pains. You never know when you may run out of one product or a product isn’t available when you absolutely need it (been there before!). It comes in two convenient sizes – 3 and 6 oz – for your bedside and on the go.
If you aren’t satisfied with your results, reach out to the company and let them know. From what I’ve experienced, they value their customers’ feedback and would like to know if their product isn’t working for you.
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