... associated with a Syrinx from C-4 through L-1, degenerating vertebrae, leaking spinal cord & disc problem. I am also using a compound salve the 2 or 3 times per day the other 12 hours I'm not using the 2 patches on my back. So, I just want to know if I should worry about becoming addicted to the patches?
Addiction is essentially associated with an emotional/psychological cocktail. Some of us have, some do not. You can become physically dependent, which is normal and to be expected with substances such as these, and easilly overcome with the prescribing physician's help.
Addiction stems from abuse of the substance, or using it for things other than the intended purpose (as a mood enhancer for instance).
So, if you're responsible with no history of alcoholism or misuse of prescription drugs, no, you needn't worry. Otherwise, yes, you are at risk. Best to you, hope this helps.
I have been using Lidoderm patches for years. Every night 2 patches on my lower back. Like any medication we come to reley on what works. But this is not a narcotic and addiction is not likely. The best part of using the patch is to keep from ingestion pills. If the patches help use them to your comfort! Hope you feel better!
You do not have to worry about physical addiction, nor physical dependence on the Lidoderm Patches. Neither one will happen. It will only hurt if you don't use them. There have been many a time,, where I have forgotten to use the patch, and I hurt. There is not more pain because I haven't replaced it, only the original pain. I don't suffer from any withdrawal, whatsoever.
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