Yes, I know. That’s two kids’ books in a row, but I really did want to read it before giving it to my niece for Christmas. Not that I was worried about content. Nurk is written by and artist and writer that I very much enjoy:ursulav. I consider it a stroke of semi-genius (or at least just a stroke) that I bought a book from an artist I like in order to spread quirky humor to my niece. As expected, it was a fun and imaginative adventure, sprinkled with dry humor.
Sparked by a recent Twitter exchange, I figure I should probably officially follow up on my adventures with Capzasin since I’ve been using it for two months now.
I haven’t had any extreme reaction to it, excepting one event which I’ll get to. Generally, it itches slightly after I apply it and it makes my knee feel like I have a sunburn when the tissues are particularly warm, like when showering or running. I haven’t found this to be a unbearable, and when compared to a constant gnawing ache, it’s preferable. With longer usage, the effects seem to have lessened, but certainly not gone away as the package suggested. The one time when I got a little worried was after a hot bath a few weeks after I started using it. My knee ended up red and very tender. The sensation was like when I accidentally touch the oven rack when making a frozen pizza. Only covering the lateral side of my knee where I’ve been using the Capzasin. Since it had been hours since I had applied it, I figured washing the area really wouldn’t do much good. I lived with it and it stopped hurting after awhile. It should be noted that I’m fairly tolerant to heat. Regardless, I’m hesitant to use it on my hands.
Now, has it worked? That’s a tough question. Obviously, capsaicin isn’t going to make me pain-free. After a couple months of applying it daily, I’m running more, but I also rested my knees for a couple months previous to using the capsaicin. As I’ve mentioned, the heat of a thousand chili peppers kicks in when I work the joint, so I generally feel the effects when running. I consider that a subjective improvement because it has made running easier. How much pain would I be in if I hadn’t been using the capsaicin rub? Don’t know. Has it decreased the inflamation? Again, I have no data to say one way or another. I’ll probably finish this bottle, go without for a while, and then decide if I want more.