You sure can :) It doesn't work for everybody I guess, but I wear one practically every day and they make such a difference. I hope they work for you!
I have RSD; a disease with chronic nerve pain that hurts to the bone which is in my hip/back area also. I love Lidoderm patches. I used to get them and only due to the cost of them when I'm in the donut hole/gap on Medicare Part D I can't afford them so I only get them for the 1st 4 months of the year and spread them out as much as possible. The medication I take for pain unfortunately costs $570 a month from May through December and I'm allergic to everything else the doctors have tried.
If anyone knows if there is a generic and if so, does it work as well, I would like to know.
You can actually leave them on for up to 18 hours as my own doctor told me and you can even cut them in case you need to use them on different areas or save them like I do because of cost.
I also use a heating pad for back pain but never use heat while you have the patch on or close to the time of putting one on or taking one off.
They are nothing like the dangers of the Fentanyl patch but if you have children or pets, make sure you throw away not only the patch well but also the clear plastic that covers it as it could be poison to them.
I hope they are as great for you as they are for many others but if you notice a rash or red spot in the area you use them on, I would discontinue use immediately and call your doctor.
The Lidoderm patches work well for many people and the advantages it that you can cut up into smaller patches so you can get more use out of one patch. They are expensive so this will make them last longer. You can cover a greater area on your body this way or several areas on your body or use one smalller piece of a patch and make one patch go further. I was told to keep the patch on for 12 hours, not 18 hours. I unfortunately did not have luck with the patch. I like the fact the medication goes directly to the area of pain and does not have the systemic effect of an oral medication. This a great advantage over the oral pains meds. Good luck with the Lidoderm. I wish you great luck with it. Let us know how well it works for you.
Yes lidoderm should be excellent for your back pain but remember it only works on the specific spot so if your having all over back pain you cant walk around with a million of the patches all over your back. You still need to get something for the pain and breakthrough pain do you see a pain management doctor?
I have MS as well as a bulging L5-S1 disc which causes pretty severe sciatica nerve pain down both sides of my legs, but is much worse on the right. I have been using the Lidoderm patches for more than a year now. I put then up and down the backs of my legs (mostly the right) and typically use 3 but sometimes 4 patches at a time (am really only supposed to use 3... ). Honestly? I don't really know if they do any good or not. I'm almost always in strong to severe pain, and a lot of the time sensation is hard to "tell" with MS. Something that feels hot to you when you touch it may feel ice cold to me. Is just weird. So... I tried an experiment last night. My husband pulled a muscle in his back YEARS ago and every once in a while, he overdoes it working and pulls it again, then he starts having sciatica too (we are QUITE a couple!!). So he was distressed last night, and I said, "try this patch...
I want to see if they really even WORK because I wonder if I am wasting my time... (and liver)". Well. He was SINGING THE PRAISES allll night long and into this morning. One patch and he was feeling great!. :-/ I use 4 patches and take 30-40 mg of Percocet (among others) and am still needing to sit on ice! I also sometimes get arthritic pain in my fingers from my job (transcriptionist), and I will cut a patch up into little strips and wrap them around the joints of my fingers... they don't STICK really well, so I've adapted by using little strips of duct tape over it to hold it on. It looks RIDICULOUS... but it NAILS the pain. So in that respect, I think it works really well. But the jury is still out on the sciatica...
The Lidoderm patches are a great alternative or addition to NSAID/opioid, if your insurance covers them (or you can afford approx $10 per patch). They work great for my surface pain and deeper muscular pain, however it can take about 4 hours for them to fully kick in when it comes to my deep leg muscle pain. It seems to work quite a bit quicker on the back. The twelve hours on/twelve off is also not much of a problem, because I still feel the effects for a few hours after I remove the patch. I am asleep by the time it wears off, and I just start over the next day. Unlike Novocain, it does not completely numb the area, but significantly reduces the intensity of pain, so I still recommend augmenting with an oral medication. I can't take opioid medications, so 800mg IBP and Lidoderm has really saved my life. Good luck.
I've found patches to be pretty annoying to deal with, definitely prefer a topical cream. Absorbine is my favorite recently because it is moisturizing too. It has seriously helped with my pain issues
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