A MUM has hailed a £9 cream that she’s relying to ease her chronic pain while in coronavirus lockdown without access to morphine.
Louise Woodfine, 31, who suffers from fibromyalgia, has claimed Actimas Celafen, which costs £9.95, has reduced her symptoms in just four days.
The shop assistant – who lives with husband Terry and their five-year-old daughter in Maidstone, Kent – has found the affordable product more effective than other medications she has tried since being diagnosed in June last year.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Louise explained how she had experienced “significant psychological stress and trauma” following a difficult labour giving birth to her little girl.
The mum said: “My first symptoms started soon after having our daughter. The chronic back pain was the worst symptom, along with heavy fatigue, brain fog, forgetfulness, insomnia and all-over muscle pains. But as it was so soon after giving birth everyone assumed it was due to that.”
Midwives, GPs and family all dismissed her symptoms at first, and she was prescribed painkillers – then a doctor suggested she could have fibromyalgia.
After further tests, she was diagnosed with the condition, which causes widespread pain throughout the body and extreme tiredness.
Because scientists know so little about what triggers it, there are few effective options for managing it.
Over time, Louise’s symptoms worsened and she explained: “I can go from a day where I can walk around a park, do a shift at work, to barely being able to move from my home.”
Her worst flare-up occurred in May last year when she could barely able to breathe and walking was “agony”.
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Louise has been forced to take a lot of time off work and received written warnings from employers, meaning she has been forced to rely on lower-paid part-time work.
The mum has tried a host of medications since her diagnosis, some with severe side-effects including diarrhoea and insomnia.
She said: “I am currently on morphine up to four times a day, but to try and reduce my reliance on it, I have also tried many creams – but have found these not to be helpful with my pain.”
The mum came across Celafen on a blog in August last year and has found it the most effective form of pain relief to date for her condition.
It took just a few days to begin having an effect, and Louise has been using it regularly for seven months – while gradually lowering her doses of morphine.
She is concerned about being given more of the latter due to difficulty accessing prescriptions in lockdown.
Fortunately, she has been able to rely on the cream for pain relief during these uncertain times and can order it online “without any fuss”.