i know a lot of people have neurological issues here, including pain, numbness, and a lot of various neuropathies and problems.. also muscle pains, joint pains, and related issues.
obviously with our sensitivity this would not work for everyone or at all times, but has anyone tried topical capsaicin for these issues.
im really not sure why i thought of it but for some reason smeared a bunch of cayenne pepper oil on the muscles of my forehead a few days ago. (i have no bad reaction to hot peppers, i eat them all the time this might not be true of everyone) ive done this twice now and it stung predictably a few hours both times and i had significantly less nerve pain in my entire head when it wore off.
i did a lot of reading about capsaicin and its got a long history of use for neurological issues and a large amount of actual research has been done on this effect. its considered pretty safe for normal use and can be used several times a day for several weeks.
the theory of how it works is that by its ‘stinging’ effect it depletes the nerves of something called substance P, a neurotransmitter which transmits pain signals. the nerves can only make so much substance P at one time, and if it ‘dumps’ it all becuase of the ‘sting’ effect, it cannot make more for a certain amount of time, so the body will perceive less random nerve pain during this time.
i realized doing this that my facial nerves are constantly in pain (something i knew already anyway) and applying the topical capsaicin has actually really helped this. also i feel that the nerves there are not firing normally, some are overactive, some underactive, but the action of the capsaicin sort of makes them all fire at once, and for a sustained period, which seems to sort of normalize their action.
i realize capsaicin isnt for everyone but i have had very good results with 2 tries so far and plan to continue. i have not used the kind from the store, i have a lot of good fresh chiles in my garden so have made my own chili oil (soaking chiles or cayenne in olive or coconut oil)
obviously you dont want to get this in your eyes!!! but honestly, ive gotten it in my eyes by mistake and really its not that big a deal if you are used to hot peppers. (which lots of people arent) capsiacin can blister if too much is used but in small doses doesnt actually damage the skin, or even mucous membranes… it just stimulates the nerves. ive had no problem putting enough on my skin to cause a good sting. additionally, chilies are of course members of the nightshade family and i know some have sensitivity to nighshades in general.
anyone else tried this? i plan to continue i am loving the less pain in the nerves.. i didnt realize how much constant pain i was in until it actually went away for an hour or two. there are some studies which indicate capsaicin is effective against headaches, many people snort tiny amounts into their nose to combat migraines and other headaches!
supposedly it should be used for several weeks before full effect is even felt, so i have hopes to get even more improvement with careful use. i know a lot of people have nerve issues of all kinds here so thought i would see if anyone else has looked into topical capsaicin. :}}
hope everyones slowly getting better.