Welcome to the CP forum. We are a close family of folks all sharing the plague of chronic pain in one form or another. I hope through our experiences we can offer some experience that will help answer your questions and provide an avenue to complain, vent, rage, show disappointment, and, hopefully, share the elation of success... even a partial success.
I am currently on the lidoderm patch and oxycodone (30 mg. IR). I have had no problems with the patch although it really does not penetrate very deeply into the tissue. It is effective in reducing pain from muscle spasms and strains. Oxycodone is a systemic narcotic which is frequently used as the pain med of last resort meaning it will generally provide pain relief when others have failed. But it is not without side effects. It is wonderfully effective for me in relieving moderate to severe back pain from 4 fusions. Like all narcotics, the body will develop a tolerance to the med and you wil, over tiem, require increasingly higher does for the same pain relief. DO NOT mix alcohol with any narcotic pain med and particularly not with oxycodone. Both alcohol and narcotics tend to suppress breathing. Taken together the results are highly unpredictable and could lead to coma or death. So be aware of that. Everybody reacts differently to these meds. Oxycodone may reduce or slow down mental functioning. It may seem like you are in a bit of a fog on the med. It may slow reaction time so driving and operating machinery could be problems. I have noticed that oxycodone alters my mood and reduces my tolerance or everyday annoyances. Makes you crabby. Just some things you may or may not experience. I am glad to hear that you are feeling much better on the medication. That's the whole idea. Improve the quality of life and functioning. Better living through chemistry, as the folks at Dupont used to say in their ads.
Hope this helps. Feel free to ask any questions you have. We are all here to listen, support, empathize, provide shoulders to cry on and share experiences. Great bunch of caring people. We look forward to hearing from you.
Degenerative disc disease since 1985, 4 back surgeries, fused from L2-S1, instrumentation. Being treated for chronic pain. Oxycodone 30 mg. IR. Candidate for SCS in the future.