I am trying to taper off vicodine that I have taken for 6 years following neck disc fusion surgery which resulted in painful nerve damage in my left shoulder and arm. I have gone from 6 to 1 and 1/2 pills per day in the last month. My arm/shoulder tightness and pain has increased extremely and I refuse to take more vicodine than the amount I'm on, wondering if my Lidoderm patch will mess with my recovery? I have two boxes that I never used because I found no help from them but, am willing to try again if they are non narcotic. I didn't find much info. on the a to z page. Any help would be greatly appreciated!