I use the Lidoderm patches on my legs and you will be quite surprised at how well they work at cutting down pain. I use Fentanyl 75 mg patches and Dilaudid orally and I was able to decrease some of my pain medication by using the patches. Getting them to sit is another thing. If you can tolerate paper tape, I just put a piece of tape over the center of them = just taping them in place. Remember it is 12 hours on and 12 hours off. Good luck.
Dx: Rare progressive neurodegenerative disease called Multiple System Atrophy (brain rot, autonomic system failure, neuropathic pain and a whole lot more). Added improvements: Intrathecal pump and a spinal cord stimulator..
Medications: Sinemet, Requip, Klonopin, Baclofen, Provigil, Lyrica, Fentanyl patches, Lidoderm patches, Dilaudid, Fentora and Zofran
Hi. I use these patches ALOT now. At first I didn't think they worked at all but now they do help to minimize the pain, they wont do it all on their own but you know that it is a combination of lots of things to get us to a functional place. I would recommend using the paper tape (medical tape) and taping all around the patch...all 4 sides....to get it to stay in place the best & for the longest. Thats what I do! I do usually have to have someone do this for me on my back....im not quite that flexible lol. I am actually going to ahve someone put one on me as soon as I am finished typing this post. :) Good luck...please let us know how they work out for you!!!
Also, have you tried things like Icy Hot patches or Therma Care patches (the heat ones?) I found relief from those as well....especially to use during the day while I am at work.
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I'm glad something made you feel better, even if your not sure what it was exactly. Just wanted to say hi, I have been out of touch for a while had my surgery on Monday. I don't know much about the patches, but when I had SI pain, I did stretches with a yoga ball which helped a lot. I don't know if you have tried it yet, but it might be able to help you. You'll want to check with a therapist to see what exercises would help you. Keep your head up something will work for you soon, enjoy the peace at the lake it sounds beautiful.
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