Kate, I found that the Matrix tape type of patch stuck very well!...however it did not release the med into me much at all, and I had to revert back to the gel pack type for better coverage of my pain.
One thing I did on one of them was to shave a small area, because I a very hairy man...and that was a big mistake, as the body oil on the razor contaminated the surface of the patch and the sticky ediging around it...and would not stay on. Even after I reapplied it with TegaDerm...it was ineffective for pain reduction...and I had to remove it and apply a new one.
It is very improtant that the surface of your skin is very clean for best results. Now last night while taking a shower, I happedned to see a Pumice stone that my wife uses on her feet, and thought I would use to it to help remove some of the adhesive! I can tell you now...Don't Do That! I got an instant road-rash..and that hurts!
I will assume that Micropore is about the same as the TegaDerm, and it work the best for me. David mentioned the placement of his patch...and I use the same places as well. I also raise my arm to relax the skin and apply the patch as tightly as I can...and them when I lower my arm, it makes it even tighter and gives full coverage to the surface of the patch.
I have found that when you place it on a rounding surface it seems to work better...and you want to avoid any fatty tissue if possible. I also tried it on the torso area under my arm, and found that I seem to sweat more there...so on top op the shoulder seems to work better for me. I have heard of patients putting them right over the place of the injury...but not sure if that is more effective or not.
I do have a question for anyone here using the gel type!...when you remove the patch, have you checked to see if any is left over in the reservoir? I have looked at mine that last couple of times, and after stripping it with my fingers, found a small amount left in it. I figured it would be all gone, as I can feel my pain getting worse late into the second day. I change mine out every 72hrs (3days)..and still not happy with the results.
Good luck, and I really appreciate this post, as many of us use this type of pain med.
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Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 6/27/2012 8:34:39 AM GMT