Lidoderm Patches

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   Posted 1/16/2009 9:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I read one of the articles on fibro posted by "getting by," and I was wondering if anyone here uses Lidoderm Patches. 
If so, what do you use it for, how do you use it, and does it help?  I can't tolerate ingested pain medications, so this sounds intriguing to me.  Thanks!
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   Posted 1/16/2009 9:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Austen,

I use the lidoderm patches for nerve pain. You can place them pretty much anywhere it hurts. They are best for more of a surface pain. They numb the area, though you don't feel it. My insurance covers them so that is good. I think that they would help a lot for somebody who can't tolerate oral meds. I believe Marlee uses them quite often so she should be able to tell you a little bit more.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 1/16/2009 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I use them on my ribs and hands mostly. They are about 4x6 patches that stick to the skin and you use them 12 hrs on and 12 hrs off. As Karen said they do work better for pain that is close to the surface. I cut them in half for the arthritis in my hands. They numb enough to take the edge off the pain. I'm only allowed to use one at a time probably cause of other meds I'm on. I know some use two or three at a time. They are worth talking to your doc about.
I also use TENS unit for pain, it interrupts the pain signals to the brain. I use that for the deeper pain. I slept with the TENS on my ribs for several nights with the one I hurt before Christmas. It also stopped the muscle spasms I was having in my side. You can get one at some drug stores now I guess but I have not seen them. I got mine from I think is the name. With the TENS and 10 sets of extra pads it was about $100.00 but the pads last for a long time. It is something you can carry in your pocket and no one knows you have it on.
For those of us that can't take narcotics or chose not to there are somethings that help.
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   Posted 1/16/2009 5:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I am a person who does not like to be on medications (I have OCD and tend to think a lot about what those medications can do to you in the longrun - I believe in natural remedies) so I have used Lidoderm patches.. only because my Rheumy gave me tons and tons of samples that have been lasting me a while. My back gives me A LOT of trouble. I use 3 at a time, on my upper back (right under my neck), middle back (which gives me the most trouble!!) and lower back, all right on my spine. I do have to say my back feels loosened and relieved while they are working their magic! I agree with Marlee, they are worth talking to your doctor about!!!!! Good luck!
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   Posted 1/16/2009 6:56 PM (GMT -6)   

I use them on my shoulders and knees and it does help a bit. I tried to use them on my back which is always so sore and burning and I'm not able to keep them on my back. They come off on their own, night or day. The only med I take for pain is Tylenol Arthritis, I have a lot of bad reactions to pain meds, so I KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid - me, not you!) I talk to myself a lot, and that is a frequent conversation I have w/ myself - KISS. A lot easier for me to remember lol.

Try them, they may help you. Even w/ insurance they cost me a good bit of $$$.

God bless.  Alice.

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   Posted 3/7/2009 2:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Karen (Moderator),
I have a question and hope you can answer it. :) I have been using Lidoderm for a year now on my lower back. Now, my insurance has decided not to pay for it anymore. You said you had no problem with your insurance. Would you let me know who your insurance is? Please? These patches help me a great deal!

May God Bless,
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