Voltarol

A question for Shattered Shins

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16/09/2002 at 23:15
SS - You mentioned before that Voltarol can numb the legs nicely. How many times a day do you apply over the 3 days before the race? I luckily have a tube handy!
17/09/2002 at 20:04
Well - technically it's meant to be 3 times a day I think - about the size of a 2p piece - but....well - I think I did it 5 times a day before London - and even the evening before my shins were still hurting when I was swimming and walking around in the pool... but by the morning they really were numb!

If you can get the Pennsaid Topical Solution (liquid) it's the same stuff but half as strong again - 1.5% instead of 1% diclofenic sodium - and for the last day and a 1/2 before London I swopped onto that (someone from work had had an operation so we swopped medications for the weekend!) - so maybe it was this working at a stronger strength. I now have my own legite supply of the stuff on standby!

Luckily my doctor was really helpful - I just told him what I needed, why and he gave it to me! Didn't even look at the shins!
17/09/2002 at 20:04
PS Hope it works for you too!
17/09/2002 at 20:36
I took a hell of a lot of voltarol tablets in the summer, wonderful stuff. The gel is ok, but be careful how much you use, and if you find you need it regularly, you ought to check your shoes, gait and perhaps see a GP.
17/09/2002 at 22:00
Can somebody enlighten me as to what volterol is? Sounds like magic!
17/09/2002 at 22:07
It's an anti-inflammatory gel. Similar idea to Ibuprofen gel but stronger. It's prescription only though. I went to my doctor complaining of shin splints and he told me to take cod liver oil and use Volterol before I run! I've since had a course of physio and had custom orthotics made. My shin splints are improving but I'm getting bad ass blisters!
17/09/2002 at 22:08
Take it with food guys
Can cause ulcers and renal failure, so wouldnt advise to use regularly, if you have to do that then see GP or physio
Not good to mask your injuries
17/09/2002 at 22:11
benz -- they're talking about the gel!! Lol!!
17/09/2002 at 22:18
yeah, bit tired tonite
What are you doing up still?
17/09/2002 at 23:24
It's also available as Diclomax SR*. Known as a NSAD (Non-Steriodal Anti-inflammatory Drug). I agree with Benz - get proper treatment.
18/09/2002 at 13:16
I've only used it once to run when I shouldn't have - and that was for the FLM and well - you know how desperate you get after a winter of training.

Couldn't agree more with the sensible comments in this thread - as I'm now (probably only temporararily knowing my legs) cured of life long shin splints I'll only use my emergency stock if I ever get desperate again for a race.

But it's far far better than ibuprofen gel
18/09/2002 at 13:56
The medics amongst us may know better, but I believe that even the gels can have an effect on ulcers as it's not so much the direct effect it has on the stomach lining that is the problem, but the effect it has on the blood (by thinning it?). I had an ulcer many years ago, and have been advised not to take aspirin, ibuprofen, or to use any gels containing either of them. Same goes for asthma sufferers (my Mum can't use aspirin/ibu products for that reason).

So be careful, folks.
18/09/2002 at 23:43
Yes really good point Nessie

Ibuprofen gel upsets my stomach almost instantly - altho the Volterol doesn't. So if using these things before a race - make sure you know if they'll affect you that way as well - otherwise you could really run fast (!) and also - they're a short term / emergency stop gap treatment only.

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