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MooCows's avatar

Has anyone used DMSO for joint pain?

Asked by MooCows (3185points) April 13th, 2018

Hearing a lot about DMSO- dimethyl sulfoxide
for joint pain, arthritis, sports pains etc.
Sounds great but then I hear some side affects.
I have a sore knee and baker’s cyst and was
wondering if this was something that might help me.
You can buy it at Tractor Supply or on line Amazon
or Walmart. One of those things a Dr. will look the
other way.

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gondwanalon's avatar

If you can stand the smell it may help.

I tried DMSO on my toenail fungus. I mixed a fungicide with the DMSO hoping that the DMSO would draw the fungicide through the toenail to kill the fungus. I only used it once because the smell was overpowering and sickening to me. I’ld rather live with the fungus.

Good health!

snowberry's avatar

I have never had a need to use it. Try it. It’s not terribly expensive, but follow the directions.

I suggest before you buy any particular product do some research on the quality of the brand, and that product.

Kardamom's avatar

After reading what WebMD has to say about it, I would not recommend it. They say that it is generally no more effective for joint pain than a placebo, and has a lot of potentially dangerous side effects.

You can read about that here:

And here is more info that suggests dimethyl sulfoxide is not approved for any other uses except a bladder condition called intertitial cystitis.

This info is from The Mayo Clinic:

You might consider altering your diet to include foods that have anti-inflammatory properties.

You can read about that on here:

The arthritis foundation also recommends certain types of physical exercise for helping to ease joint pain.

You can read about here:

I hope you get some relief soon.

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