Can a natural cream really help take away some of the pain associated with fibromyalgia?
Yes, claims 55-year-old Julia Sexton, who says that, before Celafen, the pain of fibromyalgia made her want to die.
“I started getting my first symptoms about a year ago,” says Julia.
“Before that I had no health issues and certainly no problems with my joints. But I had just gone through the menopause, which can be a trigger for fibromyalgia.
“Before I got ill, I was very active. I did a lot of walking and was a keen gardener.
“I started getting these strange pains in my legs which developed into a nagging joint pain in my ankles and knees. My legs were also very restless and kept me awake at night.
After about a month I was in quite a lot of pain when I walked. The pain was spreading and getting rapidly worse every week. Eventually I was hobbling.
“My hands started swelling up and I started dropping things and being very clumsy. The joints in my wrists started hurting and the pain spread quickly up to my shoulders and then into my spine.
“Eventually I went to my GP and had a blood test that came back clear. But, when she saw how much pain in was in, my GP referred me to see a specialist consultant in infectious diseases as she thought it might be a virus.
“I didn’t get an appointment for nearly six months and, during that time, my symptoms and pain got worse.
“At one stage it felt like my whole body was on fire. All my joints felt hot and aching. It was a kind of pain I have never experienced before, not even in childbirth. It you can imagine being slowly burnt alive that was how it felt.
“My skin became really sensitive to touch. Even touching it myself was sore.
“One day I just collapsed on my sofa and, in that moment, just wanted to die.
I took painkillers but they didn’t even touch the pain. If anything, they made me feel worse and even less able to cope.
“I was so bad I had to eventually take some leave from work just to try and rest. Just getting out of bed took all my energy.
“I lost all interest in food and so I was barely eating. I lost a lot of weight as it was hard to even swallow food.
“It was affecting my concentration too. I couldn’t even focus on a TV programme and started losing my memory.
“My whole personality changed. I felt completely defeated. At times I didn’t even know who I was anymore. The pain was so intense it made me feel almost delirious.
“Finally, I saw the consultant and he immediately diagnosed me with fibromyalgia, which I had never heard of before.
“He explained to me what is was and prescribed me a course of a medication called Pregabalin, which is a very strong painkiller.
“I started on a low dosage but then had to quickly move onto a higher dosage as it wasn’t working. But after two months I had to stop taking it as I literally felt like a zombie.
“I wrote to the consultant to tell him I was coming off the medication and he said he understood but there was nothing else he could do for me.
“I felt completely desperate. I honestly didn’t know how I was going to carry on.
“Then one day my daughter contacted me to say she had read about a cream called Celafen that had been used by other people with my condition and that it had really helped.
“I immediately looked it up on the internet and read all the reviews and blogs about it from other people with fibromyalgia who had tried it.
“The overwhelming opinion was that it really helped with the pain. There were a few people who said it hadn’t had much effect, but most people had said it had made a huge difference and had really helped them.
“I felt there was nothing to lose by at least trying the cream. There were no other options available to me anyway and I was terrified of going back on painkillers again.
“I was amazed when after about three days of using the Celafen cream twice a day I started to feel an easing of the pain in my legs. At first I thought I was imagining it.
“But as the days passed, there was no doubt that the pain was gradually easing. It wasn’t a sudden thing; it was just a gradually slow easing up of the intensity of the pain. Each day I found it a little easier to walk, and my joints started to feel less ‘burning’.
“After about three weeks of using the Celafen twice a day I started to be able to sleep at night, which made a massive difference to both my pain levels and my wellbeing as I hadn’t slept through the night or even more than a few hours straight for almost a year.
“I have now been using Celafen for about three months and I would say my pain has improved about 40-50%, which is miraculous considering it’s not a medication and is made from mostly natural ingredients.
“I still have pain, but with twice daily use of Celafen it’s now manageable. I can walk around without too much pain, I can sleep at night and I’m well enough to work again. My concentration and my memory have also improved.
“Most importantly I feel a bit more back to my old self again. I am not 100% and still feel a bit detached but I feel much abler to cope now with the daily tasks of life.
“Just feeling a bit more like myself again has made me feel so much more optimistic, even though my recovery is slow and there are still some bad days, over all my progress is upwards.
“I can’t express how relieved I feel to have found something that can help me manage and slowly reduce the pain without having to take something that makes me feel almost as scared of its side effects as the pain of the fibromyalgia, like the painkillers I was on.
“I know fibromyalgia is a very complex condition and the same thing will not necessarily work for everyone as it has for me, but I’d say it’s definitely worth trying this cream to see if it helps as for me personally it’s been a life saver, literally.”
The science bit
Celafen is a new drug-free rub for stiff joints has been shown in published research to deliver effective pain relief and improved mobility in just 30 minutes, making it 15% faster than conventional painkillers.
Celafen™ Muscle & Joint Rub contains a unique clinically tested patented ingredient called celadrin ®, which is made from a special complex of esterified fatty acids (EFAs). Celafen™ has the further advantage of having no dangerous side effects, such as those linked to NSAIDs.
Several pieces of published research, including two studies in the prestigious Journal of Rheumatology, have measured the effect that celadrin® has on joint pain and muscle pain and reduced mobility with convincing results.
The researchers found that celadrin ® improved symptoms just 30 minutes after the topical cream was applied, which is significantly faster than any other topical or oral form of pain relief for joint and muscle pain and stiffness.
Celafen™ is a natural product that works by lubricating the cell membranes and repelling inflammatory chemicals responsible for pain, stiffness and reduced mobility.
A published double blind, multicentre, placebo-controlled trial (the most scientifically validated) on 64 participants found that those using celadrin ® had more flexibility, fewer aches, less pain and were able to walk further distances than the placebo group after the nine-week trial period.
Although Celafen works quickly, it also, if used regularly, has an accumulatively positive effect over time. The most effective results have been seen in people using the product for two months or more.
GP Dr Donald Grant said: “There is good evidence for the efficacy of long chain fatty acids in preparations such as Celafen ™ for the treatment of chronic joint and muscle pain and stiffness.
“In my opinion Celafen is worth trying because if it can help reduce sufferer’s dependence on painkillers and there is good evidence to suggest that it might, this can only be a good as over use of painkilling drugs is not an ideal solution as they can cause other health complications and side effects.”
Celafen ™ is a natural formulation and is free from parabens, SLS, MI and propylene glycol.
Celafen ™ costs £9.95 for a month’s supply. Available from www.skinshop.co.uk