Book Profile: ‘Enemy Within’ by Karen Ager

An inspirational story of a battle with one’s personal battle with RA, Enemy Within: A memoir of strength, determination & acceptance ( New Holland Publishing Australia Pty Ltd, 2010) by Karen Ager offers a look behind her story of dealing with rheumatoid arthritis from age 17.

Enemy Within is not a “woe is me” story, but one of determination, strength and courage.Readers don’t have to have RA to appreciate this book and its no-sugar-coated, well-written content. Karen Ager’s story is told from the heart.

Dealing with any form of arthritis at a young age is never easy, but Enemy Within is just another fine example of life is only what you make it. We can either sit and feel sorry for ourselves, or we can stand up, tell our story with intentions of motivating others around us while living our own lives to the fullest.

This entry was posted on June 4, 2012, in Reviews.

Review: Salonpas Pain Relief Patch

Salonpas® Pain Relief Patch

Voted Best New Topical Pain Relief product in the 2012 Better Homes and Gardens Best New Product Awards

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PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Offers up to 12 hours of  temporary relief from mild to moderate pain of muscles and joints associated with arthritis, simple backache, strains, bruises, sprains. Active ingredients: Camphor 1.2%, Menthol 5.7%, Methyl Salicylate 6.3%. For external use only. Do not use otherwise than as directed.

WARNINGS: Do not use on wounds or damaged skin, if you are allergic to aspirin or salicylates, with a heating pad, with, or at the same time, as other external analgesic products. Avoid contact with they eyes and mucous membranes or rashes. Stop use and ask a doctor if rash, itching, or excessive skin irritation develops, conditions worsen, symptoms persist for more than 7 days, or symptons clear up and occur again with a few days.


As an arthritis sufferer, I’d always been loyal to Icy Hot products for occasional pain relief between Synvisc-One injections. So when I saw an ad for Salonpas Pain Relief patches, I had to wonder if such a product was too good to be true. Really, applying heat to relieve pain without a traditional heating pad? Was that actually possible?

Turns out, the Salonpas patch both met and exceeded my expectations. I felt the warmth of them almost right away from the time I applied the patch, and the dull pain in my left knee relax within several minutes. The relief also lasted 12 hours, just as advertised, and they adhere to the affected area(s) very well. While it’s not advised to apply these patches directly to the skin or leave on overnight, they nevertheless do the job while one is being active during the day.

The best parts? No mess of topical arthritis rubs, no side effects from pain relief medication, and of course, no be held down by a traditional heating pad cord!

The patches are individuality wrapped, which makes them very portable. Try carrying a regular heating pad in your purse or pocket…it just doesn’t work.

Do I recommend these? Yes. For about $5.99 (prices may vary), Salonpas Pain Relief patches are great heat relief for active arthritis suffers who don’t want the messes, side effects, or constrictions of traditional pain relief remedies.

Rating: *****