I'm so sorry about
the headaches! Yuck! Nausea alone has got to be one of the worst feelings out there! I can't imagine having such a severe headache too, and then all of that on TOP of your "normal" pain.
I use Lidoderm patchs, but due to the
location (my face), I cannot use Tegaderm. Just like your Fentanyl patches, my Lidoderm patches peel at the edges. I use Johnson & Johnson cloth tape to secure the patch. I've found that it is gentle enough that I can use it on my face, but strong enough that it holds the patch on pretty well. Maybe this would work for your sensitive skin as well? I got mine at CVS. It is fairly expensive though - $4/roll. It takes me about
a week & a half to go through a roll, using one patch a day.
I was also confused by the nature of the Lidoderm patch at first (and I still somewhat am). They actually DO seem to help me, although only a small amount (but hey, I'll take whatever I get!). My pain is also very deep, behind my eye. From my understanding, the theory is that by numbing the skin in an area near your pain, although not the area of pain itself, the body's pain signals get dulled because the brain gets "confused" by the lack of any signals coming from this numb region. My doc did say that no one is really sure about
the mechanism, but that these patches are used quite often with deep lower back pain & do help a fair number of people, at least to an extent. I'm sure some of it is also related to the type of pain that you have & other individual factors. Hope this helps some.
I hope you are feeling better tonight & that the discontinuation of the Baclofen does the trick (and does not cause any other unwanted, unpleasant side effects). ((((((((((((hugs))))))))))))))).
One other thing: I have recently found, that if I clean the area where I put the patch with an alcohol prep (or cotton ball dipped in isopropyl alcohol) first & then rinse it with water & dry it, the Lidoderm patch seems to stick better. I don't know if this would help with your Fentanyl patch, but you might want to give it a try. I was surprised at what a significant difference it made!
Post Edited (skeye) : 3/18/2009 7:04:39 PM (GMT-6)