Need Pain Relief? I Do…All Too Often + a giveaway

by Lolli

I am doomed to aches and pains. And I’m not just being pessimistic. A chain of unfortunate events – from my undiagnosied hip dysplasia as a baby and mismatched legs, to a bad fall I took a year and a half ago – have left me with chronic pains. While I do take pain medication regularly, I don’t like to pop pills all the time, and so I try to endure. Grin and bear it and don’t complain. That’s my motto.

I’m a mom. I can’t stop. No matter what aches I may be dealing with, kids still need to be picked up, dinner still needs to be made, and laundry still needs to be folded. And then there are the little extras that I actually want to do…like exercising and dancing and hiking with the kids.

Just two weeks ago, I attended a mother-daughter ZUMBA FITNESS® class. I had So. Much. Fun! But the next day, I was paying the price. My old knee injury was screaming in pain. Luckily, I had just received a package full of Salonpas pain relieving patches and immediately put one on my knee (don’t worry– you will get the chance to get your own pack of Salonpas by entering the giveaway below)

I had never tried Salonpas before, though I had heard of them and seen them in stores. After the Salonpas relieved my aching knee, I swore to keep my bathroom closet stocked up on Salonpas all the time.

In the past 2 weeks, I have used Salonpas to relieve pain from a shoulder that was slept on wrong, my knee, and lower back pain. I love these things!!


About Salonpas:

Salonpas just introduced three new pill free OTC pain relief products that are ideal for parents and their children who are 12 years and up. These new products include:

  • Salonpas® Pain Relieving GEL-PATCH HOT -  these patches represent a medical advancement in patch therapy as it features capsaicin (0.025%) and menthol (1.25%) in a soothing cloth that is ideal for minor aches and pain relief in the shoulder, upper back and lower back. Capsaicin is an ingredient found in some hot peppers, including cayenne peppers, which makes the peppers spicy hot. When capsaicin is used on the skin topically, it helps relieve pain by first stimulating and then diminishing the intensity of pain signals in the body.
  • Salonpas® Pain Relieving Jet SprayUsing a highly pressurized jet force, the Salonpas Pain Relieving Jet Spray delivers a strong cooling effect to the skin minus any greasy feeling or messy drip.
  • Salonpas® Pain Relieving Massage Foam – Nothing beats a good massage…until now.  Combining the benefits of self-massage with a powerful, clean drying medicine, provides relief for even tough pain.  With active ingredients menthol (3%) and methyl salicylate (10%), the Salonpas® Pain Relieving Massage Foam is an easy-to-use topical analgesic that delivers pain relief in seconds.


Have you ever tried Salonpas? What methods do you use for non-OTC pain relief?

Enter to win a Salonpas Samples Gift Basket

Use the Rafflecopter below to enter to win basket full of the products listed above.

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This giveaway ends April 21st.
Written by 5 Minutes for Mom team member, Lolli. You can find me blogging at Better in Bulk and tweeting at @1momof5.

Please note: this post is part of a promotional campaign with Salonpas. Opinions and pain are all my own!


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Lolli is a busy mother of five kids, ranging in age from 8 to 16, photographer, and author of Better in Bulk. Her blog has a little bit of everything – parenting, life in a large family and photography with a central tie-in: Bringing moms together to learn, connect, and enjoy life. Connect with Lolli on Twitter (@1momof5) and on Facebook.

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{ 76 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Crystal W April 10, 2012 at 12:39 pm

My neck and my poor old knees are my worst pains!


2 Kristie April 10, 2012 at 12:45 pm

I mostly get knee pain and occasional hip pain.


3 Beverly April 10, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Migraines are my most frequent source of pain, but I also have occasional pain in my lower back… Will have to give Salonpas a try!


4 Samantha F April 10, 2012 at 1:37 pm

I have never used Salonpas. I suffer from chronic muscle pain in my neck and back and hate to take pain medicine as I feel i would always be taking pills so I use heat therapy a lot.


5 Meandering Matt April 10, 2012 at 1:59 pm

My neck and shoulders have been bothering me since I pressure washed the back patio this weekend!


6 Jennifer Thomas April 10, 2012 at 2:38 pm

My back and my knee hurt the most.


7 Lizzy April 10, 2012 at 3:40 pm

I get lots of neck pain from sleeping the wrong way.


8 Brandy April 10, 2012 at 5:01 pm

I have an old knee injury that flares up now & again too, sounds like these would be perfect!!


9 Barbie April 10, 2012 at 8:03 pm

I have wrist pain from overuse. I’ve tried these products and love them. Although, I had a reaction to them because I left them on too long.


10 Tamora Russell April 10, 2012 at 9:55 pm

My neck and lower back are “always” bothering me. I’d love to try this to see if it would help.


11 Jerri April 11, 2012 at 3:05 am

I’m always having back pains! Would love to try this!


12 Terri April 11, 2012 at 3:25 am

Where should I start? I have fibromyalgia, arthritis in my spine, IBS and scoliosis, all of which cause one pain or another. I, too, try to “grin and bear it” as best I can but some days … !


13 K.Pugh April 11, 2012 at 8:44 am

After 3 c-sections, I live with lower and middle back pain.


14 Jessica April 11, 2012 at 4:44 pm

My pain is in my knees and feet!


15 Rona April 11, 2012 at 7:38 pm

All over…I’m a Fibro and severe chronic pain sufferer.


16 mrsshukra April 11, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Back of the neck in the morning!


17 BeckyH April 11, 2012 at 10:31 pm

This might be great help for my daughter’s back problems.


18 Jessica T April 11, 2012 at 11:12 pm

Cramps – I hate them!!


19 Harmony B April 12, 2012 at 10:54 am

my upper back & shoulders


20 KRISTIE OBRA April 12, 2012 at 2:05 pm

I dont have much, but my mother broke both of her wrists and has had knee surgery, this would be perfect for her!


21 Gina April 12, 2012 at 2:20 pm

My back. I would love a new back so much.


22 Linda White April 12, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Actually sinus so dont know if these would work! But I get knee and hip pain shoulder too!


23 Kathlyne April 12, 2012 at 2:39 pm

My tummy hurts, and I don’t think these would help, but I’ve been having some sacral pain lately that these could help.


24 rob April 12, 2012 at 3:18 pm

i’d love to try these products, pain and i are on a first name basis these days!


25 Brenda Elsner April 12, 2012 at 4:22 pm

I get mainly knee and hip pain


26 kristen m April 12, 2012 at 5:26 pm

My primary pain today is a finger that I think I broke a couple of weeks ago but never had checked out by a doctor, oooops.


27 Karen Gonyea April 12, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Neck stiffness is my pain of the month !!


28 Shari April 12, 2012 at 7:25 pm

I’ve used crutches most of my life, and believe it or not, walking is almost as hard on the shoulders and arms as it is on the legs, so I’ve just about worn out my right shoulder. It hurts when I walk, when I lift something even a little heavy, sometimes just because! Would love to win this!


29 Penny Snyder April 12, 2012 at 8:09 pm
30 Ann Fantom April 12, 2012 at 8:25 pm

My major ache today (and most days) is my neck


31 Sheryl Gruhler April 12, 2012 at 8:25 pm

I have back pain every morning! I don’t think I’m getting along very well with my new mattress.


32 samantha w April 12, 2012 at 11:05 pm

lower back pain and neck pain


33 wendy wallach April 12, 2012 at 11:44 pm

my calves often ache at night

madamerkf at aol dot com


34 Cheryl Free April 13, 2012 at 12:15 am

My rear end is sore from sitting in this chair too long ヅ My usual aches and pains are back and knees. *Thanks* for the giveaway!


35 EMMA L HORTON April 13, 2012 at 9:32 am



36 Rhonda Petersen April 13, 2012 at 10:40 am

Knee and lower back pain


37 crystle tellerday April 13, 2012 at 11:02 am

my knees hurt sometimes


38 illy junus April 13, 2012 at 11:11 am

my major aches right now is my knees. thanks for the giveaway. love salonpass


39 Staci A April 13, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Nothing too major, just a sore neck from sleeping on it wrong.


40 Charlotte Padgett April 13, 2012 at 12:29 pm

my knee and hip are my main source of pain.


41 Suzanne Denys April 13, 2012 at 7:42 pm

I have a blood disorder (Essential Thrombocythemia) and they did 4 bone marrow biopsies on me at 24 years old. I haven’t had much problems with my blood disorders but the back of my hip where they took the biopsies have pain daily. I also do the grin and bear it but Salonpas works great! I’ve used it before and they are awesome for pain.


42 Natalia April 13, 2012 at 10:14 pm

My husband could use it for his hip.


43 Sarah L April 14, 2012 at 3:03 am

I have RA and today my knees are yelling at me. Like to try this.
Thanks for the contest.


44 Christine Jensen April 14, 2012 at 8:09 pm

I get the most problems in my hips


45 Linda Kish April 14, 2012 at 11:20 pm

I have fibromyalgia,arthritis and things they are trying to diagnose. Today’s pains du jour are right knee, right neck, left wrist and low back.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com


46 Angela W April 15, 2012 at 1:44 am

My neck and shoulders


47 Tonya Dean April 15, 2012 at 6:35 am

My lower back!!



48 Vickie Couturier April 15, 2012 at 10:05 am

my left knee an my shoulders are the worse


49 Susan Chester April 15, 2012 at 1:46 pm

My hips ache. I have sciatic nerve problems.


50 Nicole R April 15, 2012 at 3:19 pm

My husband could really use these! He has herniated discs in his back and a knee injury, he doesn’t take pain medication because he had an addiction to it, so these would be perfect!


51 Happi Shopr April 16, 2012 at 9:46 am

My lower back is hurting today


52 Angie April 16, 2012 at 3:16 pm

I have shoulder pain and back pain almost daily because of a crappy bed!


53 david basile April 17, 2012 at 8:33 am

lower back for me


54 susan varney April 17, 2012 at 4:34 pm
55 Katie J April 17, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Constant migraines and headaches :(


56 Ada April 17, 2012 at 11:41 pm

Pretty bad runners knees! =\


57 Jessica Hays April 18, 2012 at 11:12 am

My lower back hurts so much these days!

jessicaahays at hotmail dot ocm


58 Heather Garcia April 18, 2012 at 12:09 pm

I suffer from chronic migraines


59 Desiree Dunbar April 19, 2012 at 7:33 am

I have neck pain everyday.


60 Idaho Jill April 19, 2012 at 3:33 pm

My neck occasionally


61 Paula Tavernie April 19, 2012 at 7:04 pm

My anckle and knee joints!
ptavernie at yahoo dot com


62 Miz Vickik April 19, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Ooh my aching back! Thanks!


63 Amy Orvin April 19, 2012 at 11:19 pm

I have back pains


64 DEBRA HALL April 20, 2012 at 1:13 am

i have fibromyalgia theres no such thing as a pain free day


65 Debbie C April 20, 2012 at 4:26 am

Today it is a shoulder, something that recurs.


66 kathy pease April 20, 2012 at 10:59 am

my aches are my back and joints due to lyme disease


67 Amanda Kinder April 20, 2012 at 11:32 am

Most of the time, it’s my back.


68 Diane F April 20, 2012 at 3:18 pm

my knees and lower back


69 Lori Alcorn April 20, 2012 at 3:49 pm

My shoulder on my left side is really bad and my husband has a great deal of neck pain I would so love to win this prize


70 gina snow April 20, 2012 at 4:30 pm

my neck and my ankle


71 Krys R April 20, 2012 at 5:07 pm

My lower back gets a bit stiff when I work at the computer most of the day.


72 Tim April 20, 2012 at 7:36 pm

My knees are the primary source of pain and discomfort.


73 Jane Squires April 20, 2012 at 10:20 pm

I understand pain as I’ve dealth with it for years. I have rhuemotoid arthritis, fused ankle from a car wreck and oesteoarthritis too. I had the same problems of you raising my kids. Now they are raised and it is with grandchildren. Please enter me.


74 Jenny April 20, 2012 at 11:17 pm

My knees are sore today


75 Terri L April 20, 2012 at 11:35 pm

I suffer from occasional neck pain. I have psoriasis and have psoratic arthritis in some locations as well.


76 Marie Howard April 21, 2012 at 12:49 am

shoulder, back, hands and knees…whoopee! lol


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