DMSO and tennis elbow
Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on April 19, 2009
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Report from a user of DMSO for tennis elbow
I tried a 25% solution (used 50% liquid solution from Jacob Labs, half and half with distilled water) on my VERY painful elbow, and it seemed to help a little, but still very painful.
I got impatient and decided to try the DMSO gel from the health food store. This is 70% pure DMSO with 30% Aloe Vera (this one: http://www.myvitane t.com/dmsogel70p la1.html ). I was afraid of skin irritation, so I also purchased a bottle of aloe Vera gel to use with it to avoid the skin problems.
The first time I used it, my skin got very hot and itchy, but rubbing in the Aloe gel cooled it nicely. I also noticed that the elbow felt much better an hour or two later, and for the rest of the day. I used it again at night, same result. I thought, “this is no problem, maybe I don’t need the extra Aloe Vera gel”, so this morning I put the DMSO gel on again without adding extra Aloe Vera gel over it. Big mistake. Skin got very hot and very red after about 20 minutes. Looked like sunburn. I put the Aloe Vera gel on, and in a couple of hours it was ok, but now I know to put it on right away. 70% DMSO is rather strong, so rubbing in Aloe Vera gel seems to dilute it further and, so far, nearly eliminates the skin problems.
Perhaps moving to the stronger product was rash, and I have had skin reactions, but for the first time in months I have almost no pain in the elbow, and that is after only three applications. In the future I will use less of the DMSO gel and more of the Aloe Vera gel over it, but I intend to continue using it until I find what works with minimal skin irritation, because the results of using the stronger product are nothing less than spectacular. At this point, I am hoping for complete healing (is that feasible?), or at least pain control while it heals itself, as I am sure it will eventually.
Am I doing the right thing?
Someone responded saying they had used the 99% strength DMSO and had not suffered any burning sensation – suggested that the burning sensation may not be a response to dmso but with whatever was used to dilute it!
Another suggestion is that the burning was caused by using DMSO on sensitive part of the body – and that putting aloe vera gel on before the DMSO might be good.