Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Traumeel Anti-Inflammatory Medication

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.

The verdict?

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? 
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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.

4 comments:

  1. I've used the Traumeel cream before and it really helps. Don't know how I feel about pill form though.

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  2. I use Traumeel cream all the time, no clue they had it in pill form either. I wonder what's in it?

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  3. I've been using traumeel for years - both in pill form as straight arnica and in the cream. I swear by it for bruises and injuries!

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  4. I dig these little reviews related to running. While I don't try to take too many medications on a non-recreational basis, a good NSAID probably goes a long way when the 'ol knee is acting up. I'm curious to try the cream form.

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