So sorry that the cold & snow has been effecting you so much. I've been having a similar problem recently. We have been getting storm after storm up here & the last two days have been bitter cold. Although fortunately, it is supposed to warm up over the next few days -- should be in the 40's (but then the snow is going to melt & it is going to be a royal mess). I don't seem to be able to do much when I'm in a lot of pain. Lately, I've just been lying in bed (since I'm on break & because of all the issues I have at the moment I'm not working) & praying for the day to pass quickly.
I know you said you can't take ibuprofen right now because of you upcoming surgery, but I've also been trying that lately, along with my pain meds. It seems to help a little, so my doc just prescribed me prescript
ion strength ibuprofen to take several times a day (and the wonderful thing about
it is that it costs less than over the counter ibuprofen, or at least Advil!
). Do you have any other kind of BT meds? If not maybe you should ask you doc about
that instead of increasing your patch, since you are nervous about
Since you can't really take baths due to your patch, could you use a heating pad? Those always worked great for my shoulders. And if all else fails, you could always go outside & lay in the snow -- instant icing of your entire body! That ought to do the trick!
I hope you start feeling better soon! Drink some tea or hot chocolate & stay warm!