Long ago, when I ran the San Francisco Half-Marathon in 2009 (okay, so not THAT long ago), I thought I was going to get my first DNF (did not finish).
I had been having a horrible hip pain that even made it hard to walk sometimes, so my training went on the wayside.
During the expo, Traumeel cream samples were handed out. I rubbed a lot on my hip, and I made it through the race!
Then, in Fargo back in May for a marathon, I was handed out a sample of the pill form of Traumeel. While I don't like taking a zillion pills (and have never taken Tylenol/etc. for running-related pain), I put it aside for a "rainy day." These pills are for muscle and joint pain, and the folks at the expo told me that they are helpful for after a marathon (although I didn't feel like I needed them after that particular one given how slow I was!).
Well, that "rainy day" came. My knee has been fickle throughout this marathon training cycle. I have been being really good about stretching, warming up, and taking my vitamins. I haven't done anything strange that would suddenly cause something I've never really had before (knee pain). Since there is no apparent real reason why my knee has been a bit tender, I decided to take a few of these (3 per day as recommended) to see if they would help.
Well, my knee problem has not gotten any worse, but is this a victory? One thing I noticed less soreness from training in general in the days I took this stuff, though of course, it did nothing for my energy levels (alas...). If you're looking for a non-Tylenol/ibuprofen approach to pain, this could be it!
Would you take medicine for running-related pain?
FTC Disclaimer: I was handed a sample of this at an expo and was not compensated to provide any sort of opinion.
Warning: Pain could be a signal of a serious injury. Please use discretion when taking pain medications of any kind, as you may be masking the symptoms rather than addressing the cause.