It’s funny what the cessation of pain can do for your perspective.
And for your attitude.
It’s hard to realize just how much your attitude is affected by pain, until the pain stops.
Now, I’m not normally someone who goes around recommending products for anyone.
I might try new things for myself, say they “work for me” or don’t, or whatever, but I don’t try to tell anyone else whether they should use something or not.
But – I’m breaking that “rule” today.
I’ve also never come right out and publicly endorsed a product on my blog.
I’m doing that today, too.
Any of you who’ve been reading my blog for very long, know that I have rheumatoid arthritis in my hands.
I’ve been seeing a Rheumatologist for a few years now, and get steroid shots in my hands about every 6 months, just to keep the pain at bay. I also take daily anti-inflammatories to keep the swelling down. (My fingers get like little German sausages without them, and sometimes even with taking them – it’s yet another cause of discomfort, pain)
There is also a prescription gel that I have that’s supposed to help with pain. It does…a very little bit, but not to the extent I need anymore. It’s just not strong enough.
Well, I’ve been putting off going to see my Rheumatologist, because it’s kind of expensive, even with insurance, and I’ve been in a lot of pain. My thumbs, mostly.
Most people don’t realize just how much they rely on their thumbs for everything their hands do.
Pick up a stack of files?
Pressure on your thumb.
Lift a pitcher of juice out of the fridge?
TONS of pressure on your thumb.
Typing, which I do all day for my job, and typing on cell phones. Yes, different motions, but both rely on thumbs.
Getting dressed??? Try it with your thumb taped to the rest of your hand once, just to see what I’m talking about.
Luckily, the worst pain is in my left thumb, and I’m right handed, so at least I can “wipe” myself without pain. Geez.
Ok, so we’ve reviewed why I need pain relief.
Now, here’s the WHAT.
*I’m not getting paid to endorse this, wasn’t asked to endorse it, and the makers have no idea I’m writing this blog post. (I’m sure they have zero clue who I am, so, why would they know what I’m writing?)*
This is CobraZol.
And I’ll tell you right now, I’ve tried at least 4 other “arthritis pain relief” things that did- Zip. Nada. Zilch.
2 different types of daily supplements that were supposed to “boost your immune system, slow degeneration of joints & lessen pain, as well as 2 completely different type of creams. None of them worked – At. All. Binned- all of them.
But, the first time I rolled this stuff on my hands?
THE. FIRST. TIME.
Within 5-10 minutes, I had fucking relief from the pain.
The shoulders-falling, breath-blowing, muscles un-knotting, instant-smile kind of relief.
I found it on Amazon, & decided to give it a shot, after the last stuff I’d tried failed to live up to its hype. (I tried a hemp-derived cbd cream, no joy, & a strong smell, it went in the bin).
The CobraZol wasn’t expensive, just a little under $20 for a 2oz. roll-on bottle, so I figured, if it didn’t work, it wasn’t a big loss, right?
Well, I’ve been using this now since Wednesday night, so – approximately 3&1/2 days, & haven’t had to use my gel once, which is normally used 4 times a day. My hands have felt amazing, just some lingering muscle soreness (which could honestly be the beginnings of carpal tunnel, too, as I’ve been noticing some tingling & numbness in my fingers for about a week or so).
Ok, so, for those who noticed the name of the product. YES, it does mention COBRA.
The list of ingredients are on Amazon, as well as on the bottles, but, here are the main active ones:
Indian Cobra venom
Yes. 3 different types of venom. You read that correctly.
No, I don’t want to hear negative comments.
You see, I’ve done some research on this (I am a Google research nerd, don’t doubt).
I know the benefits of arnica and capsicum, so didn’t have to research those. (Witch, remember? I’ve read up on herbs, tinctures, & homeopathy)
Snake venom being used and useful for pain relief, however, I wasn’t familiar with, so I fucking looked it up. I don’t just buy things because some yahoo on the internet says so.
(Sorry, my mother had some things to say about this, or rather, we had a passive aggressive non-discussion about this, so I’m still a little tender around the mouth)
If you go look, and no, I’m not putting links in here, go look it up yourself if you want to read about the benefits of cobra venom in pain relief, you’ll find that there are many studies being done into how cobra venom, and even black mamba venom, have a better analgesic value than morphine, with fewer side effects.
A BETTER ANALGESIC VALUE THAN MORPHINE WITH FEWER SIDE EFFECTS.
Big pharma’s going to haaaaate that.
Even if I couldn’t convince my mom that this was worth trying, I did convince many of the women in my office. I even got one of the others to try it, & she was convinced after about 20 minutes, when the pain she’d been having in her back for about a week was seriously reduced, & she had a better range if motion again.
She got on her Amazon account right away & ordered some for herself.
If that’s not a convincing endorsement, then I don’t know what is.
All I know right now, is that CobraZol works for me. The pain is so much less, which makes me feel better, & brings my mood up.
And lately? Anything that can bring my mood up is pretty much gold.
If that means snake venom?