Forgot to mention that as of this morning, I have 643 miles of bicycling for the month of August and ZERO pain...typically ride 35miles in 2hrs, 10minutes and will be 68yo in September... so exercise DOES help... when I return home, I religiously place ice-gel packs on top and underside of knee for 30-40 minutes; then the CO Pack for ~90 minutes.... not due to any pain, just feel that the knee should have some TLC :)
Here is a remedy that gave me almost instant relief from my torn meniscus; plus the arthritis; all in my left knee... of course I'm a cyclist which has helped tremendously...
Here's my story:
Castor Oil & Pain???
Call it what you wish, Voodoo, Witchcraft, ‘BS’, whatever….but it DID work for me and my Sports Ortho can't believe it...
Having recently torn the cartilage in my left knee and simultaneously diagnosed ‘with a little arthritis’ in the same, and with swelling behind the knee. My Sport’s Ortho said that the swelling was common with the torn cartilage but should go down in time. I began searching on the Web for a magical pain relief remedy (other than my already supplementation of Glucosamine Sulfate, Chondrotin, Taurine, Collagen, HA, Cats Claw, Bromelain, MSM, etc., etc., etc….all of which I have been taking for years due to 27 yrs of cycling….but at almost 68yo, something had to give). One subject that kept surfacing on the Searches was an old time remedy of Castor Oil. I’m not in terrible pain, but it is a 24/7 aggravation, as anyone who has similar discomforts can attest to. I decided to give it a try; I purchased a package of ladies’ cosmetic, cleansing pads (~3”x4”) and a small bottle of Castor Oil (CO), I placed a pad on a saucer, saturated the pad with CO (not dripping) and popped it into the microwave for about 35 secs. I, then placed the (105°?) warm pad on my knee; wrapped my kneepad with plastic wrap (to keep the CO from staining the heating pad) and then wrapped a heating pad around the knee and set the temperature to Med. heat. I left it on for about 1 hour and when I removed everything, I did a ‘test walk’…not only was my knee not stiff, and the swelling was 95% GONE…all within the 1 hour treatment!!!!! I could walk with 100% less discomfort and this was 10x more effective than the Cortisone or three Hydraluronic Acid injections I had received in a two months period. The other nice thing is that you don’t have to throw the saturated pad away; place in a Ziploc bag for the next application and just add a little more CO….
I generally apply this treatment daily, each time the knee feels even better…I know it’s not going to remedy the situation 100%, but has made my life much better..
Castor Oil Pack.
Castor oil - preferably cold-pressed or expeller-pressed, about 16 - 32 oz.
Flannel cloth - wool flannel is preferred, although cotton may be substituted in the case of wool allergy
Electric heating pad - or hot water bottle.
Plastic – to prevent the CO from staining the heating pad
1.Saturate the flannel cloth with Castor Oil (CO), but not so much that it drips.
2.Place cloth on a plate and heat (in microwave) for about 35 seconds (about 100°- 105°, but not to burn skin).
3.Place CO/cloth on body area.
4.Cover with plastic wrap (this keeps the oil from staining the heating pad).
5.Place heating pad … the hotter you can tolerate it, the better…
·Treatment should last at least 1 hour….longer if you have the time…
·This is not a one-time treatment… twice or more per day is beneficial, 2-3 times/week..
·Remember, this is not a pharmaceutical drug, so give it a little time…..
Welcome to MH. You will find support and information here. I am glad you joined us. But let me apologize for the slow response. Sunday's many members are busy. I have been away much of this week. Others will offer their suggestions later.
I don't understand why you are working out with a meniscus tear. These are very painful and usually require surgical repair. I am assuming that because you know your diagnosis you have seen an orthopedic surgeon and are building the accessory muscle prior to surgical repair? If that is the case I would report the pain to the surgeon.
Have you seen a PT that ordered the workout routine? You may want to decrease the amount of time or the number of days you are working out. Or change to a low impact work out if the current routine has not been ordered by a medical professional.
Please keep us posted. Take care, Tuck