Why Don't Back Pain Creams Numb Hands?

16 September 2016, 14:05

Bad Back

Mystery Hour Question

Paul, Northolt

My wife has got a bad back, and last night I rubbed some analgesic into her back to numb the pain.  But how come my hands didn’t go numb?



Name: Hazel, Hammersmith

Qualification: Nurse

Answer: Most of the creams on the market contain diclofenac as an active ingredient, which is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory.  It doesn’t contain any numbing property.  The diclofenac he rubs in targets the inflammation, so the hand feels no different because there is no pain there.


Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi

Labour Activist Accuses Israel Of "Exploiting" Holocaust

JOB Richard Close

"I'll Say Sorry To My Son": Repentant Leave Voter Chokes Up

Nick Ferrari Stop The War

Nick Ferrari Vs Stop The War Over Russia's Syrian Bombs

James O'Brien head in hands

'Which EU Law Are You Most Looking Forward To Losing?'