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Old 12-04-2003, 05:13 AM   #1
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[COLOR=Red][B][CENTER]Hello Everyone,[/CENTER][/B]
[INDENT]I had gone to my pain management appointment yesterday. Most of you already know me as I never seem to shut up....lol I am know 5 months post op of a two level fusion. I have been having a difficult recovery. I also suffer with neck injury's. Anyway my question is has anyone used the Lidoderm Patch? My dr. has prescribed these for me for my neck and back. I did read all the info that came along with the script. I did use one patch last night for my neck and it did seem to help some. But the directions state that I can use up to 3 patches a day and I am a little hesitate about doing so. This is why I am asking if anyone else has used these and what if any experiences they have had with it. Thanks in advance for any information you may be able to give.[/INDENT]
[B][CENTER] Have a great day [/CENTER][/B][/COLOR]

 
Old 12-04-2003, 06:11 AM   #2
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Re: Lidoderm Patch

Hi again Tomorrow, I looked up the patches since I haven't had any experience with them and they did a study on them. When they did the study the patients were to apply the patches to the most painful site area. It says they applied three patches and left them there for 12 consecutive hours. Sixty six percent of patients said that they felt better using them. I hope this helps a little bit. Take care!!

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Old 12-04-2003, 07:10 AM   #3
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Morning Tomorrow! I wish I could help you, but I've never been offered any type of patch! I hope this patch gives you the proper relief, take care!!

 
Old 12-06-2003, 05:59 AM   #4
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Hi Tomorrow,
I haven't posted in quite some time. Got up this morning and thought I would
see how everyone is doing. I have been prescribed the Lidoderm patches. As you know from previous posts I have several things going on. I had rotator cuff surgery in February for a complete tear. Well it has retorn. Now I have 3 herniated discs in cervical spine and 2 in lumbar along with many other weird things which I will talk to you about later. I left my papers downstairs. You always help me so much so I thought I would ask you some questions. Anyway back to the patches. You can put 3 on with no problems for the 12 hours on and 12 hours off. They seem to work well on joint areas. Such as knees and they may quite possible help your achilles tendon problems. However as far as my shoulder and back they did not help at all. I do hope you have prescription coverage as they are quite expensive. But do not worry about applying 3 of them at a time. All they are is like a numbing agent. Unfortunately for me they did not help much. But I truly hope they help you. As I stated before try them on your achilles tendons as I know you have alot of pain in that area. I too was diagnosed with achilles tendonitis recently. I have cut the patches which you can do and put them there and I do get some relief. How has your swelling in your feet and legs been? I tell your Tomorrow this cold weather is taking a toll on me. I think its time to move to a warmer climate. It takes me several hours in the morning just to get moving. Don't know how I am going to get through the winter. I walked out to get my paper this morning and I am so scared I am going to fall. I must get that out of my head. And trying to get ready for Christmas. I am getting depressed because I just don't have the energy. I am sorry for complaining. You just asked a simple question and I am rambling about myself. Sorry but I know you understand.
Jan

 
Old 12-06-2003, 06:45 AM   #5
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Re: Lidoderm Patch

[COLOR=Red][B][CENTER]Good Morning Marg,[/CENTER][/B]
[INDENT]Thank you so very much for taking the time to research the patches for me. I spend so much time on the computer, but lately I haven't had the time to research. I just pray that I fall into that sixty percent ratio... They are helping my neck pain.[/INDENT]
[B][CENTER] Have a great day [/CENTER][/B][/COLOR]

 
Old 12-06-2003, 06:49 AM   #6
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[COLOR=Red][B][CENTER]Good Morning Out2lunch,[/CENTER][/B]
[INDENT]Thank you for the well wishes. This patch is helping my neck pain. Although these boards are for back pain, unfortunately, I suffer with both. When I have a flare up with my neck it can be very difficult to hold my head up. You would be very surpassed to learn on how heavy our head is and I don't mean that in a jokingly manner....[/INDENT]
[B][CENTER] Have a great day [/CENTER][/B][/COLOR]

 
Old 12-06-2003, 06:59 AM   #7
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[COLOR=Red][B][CENTER]Good Morning Jan,[/CENTER][/B]
[INDENT]I am so happy to hear from you as it has been a long time since you have posted. I was starting to worry about you. Gosh, I don't know if you ever posted that your rotator cuff surgery has retorn. I am so very sorry. I do know exactly what you are going through with having both lumbar & cervical pain. I will do my very best to help you in any way I can.

I never even thought about using the patches on my heels. I know what I will be doing tonight. I have already cut them to put them on different area's of my neck. But I was afraid to use all 3 at a time because I wasn't sure if that would be to much medication for me. But I will give it a try. Thank God my insurance does cover these. I am sorry that you were also diagnosed with archilles tendinitis as this is very painful. I did go to PT to get a list of exercises to do at home but they have not helped. I still have the swelling in both legs & feet. I have a CT Scan schedules for Monday morning With & Without Contract of my stomach and Pelvis. I think this will be my last test. They are ruling out any cysts and tumors to be the cause of my swelling.

I can relate to this cold weather. We are in the middle of a snow storm here. We already got 7 inches and the expected total can be up to 20 inches. I am not leaving my home this weekend.[/INDENT]
[B][CENTER] Have a great day [/CENTER][/B][/COLOR]

 
Old 12-06-2003, 04:22 PM   #8
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Re: Lidoderm Patch

Tomorrow,
it was so nice to post with you again. I haven't been on in a while since the cold weather has set in my shoulder and neck and back have really been flaring up so I don't sit at my pc to long. We got a dusting of snow today but nothing like you. Thank goodness.
Tomorrow, I am sure your doctors have checked this but I was just wondering how is your circulation. I know vascular problems can also cause the swelling in your extremities. I do hope the patches help you and I am glad to hear you have prescription coverage. My mother in law asked her gp to prescribe them for her and she went to the phamacy and could not afford to pick them up. I feel so sorry for our elderly people with no prescription coverage.
I do hope your upcoming tests turn out good. Seems like you have been through alot for your age. I am 42 and feel like my body is falling apart. But I have really tried to have a positive attitude. It doesn't help my pain but its better than sitting around and feeling sorry for myself, which unfortunately I did do for awhile. Take care and let me know how the patches work and how your tests come out. When I have more time I will post my last pain mgt appt. He finally printed out a sheet of paper with everything that is wrong with me. Maybe you can assist me with some of those medical terms.
Have a great night.
Jan

 
Old 12-07-2003, 06:31 AM   #9
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[COLOR=Red][B][CENTER]Good Morning Jan,[/CENTER][/B]
[INDENT]I am sorry that you have been having so much pain in your neck and shoulder. Yes, the weather sure does irritate the situation. My winter wardrobe consists of mostly turtle necks....lol Now if they would just make one that had a battery operated heating pad inserted inside of it, I would be in heaven....

Yes, I did also see a vascular specialist to check my circulation. They found everything to be working properly. I am a little worried about this test tomorrow as I do suffer with abdominal pain but I try and ignore it with everything else going on with me.

I think that our health care system should not let the elderly go without health insurance coverage. This is a subject that really makes me very upset. I am very sorry that your mother-in-law does not have the prescription coverage.

You and I are only a couple of years apart and I too feel as if my body is much older than my heart and mind. Although my mind hasn't been as good these days either...lol[/INDENT]
[B][CENTER] Jeanne [/CENTER][/B][/COLOR]

 
Old 12-07-2003, 07:23 AM   #10
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Re: Lidoderm Patch

[QUOTE=Tomorrow][COLOR=Red][B][CENTER]Hello Everyone,[/CENTER][/B]
[INDENT]I had gone to my pain management appointment yesterday. Most of you already know me as I never seem to shut up....lol I am know 5 months post op of a two level fusion. I have been having a difficult recovery. I also suffer with neck injury's. Anyway my question is has anyone used the Lidoderm Patch? My dr. has prescribed these for me for my neck and back. I did read all the info that came along with the script. I did use one patch last night for my neck and it did seem to help some. But the directions state that I can use up to 3 patches a day and I am a little hesitate about doing so. This is why I am asking if anyone else has used these and what if any experiences they have had with it. Thanks in advance for any information you may be able to give.[/INDENT]
[B][CENTER] Have a great day [/CENTER][/B][/COLOR][/QUOTE]

Hi,
I am now 3 weeks post-op from L5-S1 laminectomy(fusion w/iliac crest graph, rods and screws, yada,yada,yada). Although I haven't used the patch for this surgery in October and November of last year I had ulnar nerve transfers in both arms(trapped nerves that had to be released and rerouted-because I am five feet and about 115lbs. and I think I am the incredible hulk- I continualy over-do-it and then bulid up scar tissue and entrap nerves in my forearms and elbows-eight surgeries in total over the last 10-15 years. Ya think I would learn my lesson after the first 3 or 4 surgeries- lol ! Anyway forgive my rambling, but I was prescribed the patches for those surgeries-used as often as prescribed, really helped-no need to fear.
Now my question for you or any one out there. Over did things a bit-small incision from harvesting the bone graph hurts-ouch, lot of pressure in fusion area just wondering heat or ice-just trying to avoid calling doc over weekend, especially since I live in NJ and everyone is digging out from our unexpected-but very pretty BLIZZARD! Twelve to fourteen inches of snow in my area-Yes I am just watching from the window-no shoveling or snow blowing for me!!!!!!!!
Hope this helps and again forgive my rambling I think I am getting a bit of cabin fever!
Fondly, Randee

 
Old 12-08-2003, 07:06 AM   #11
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Good Morning Tomorrow,
I really hope the patches work for you. I had a question for you if you could help me. Lately when I have been active like if you want to call my house cleaning being active, LOL! My back starts to act up. I know this is normal lately, but what I am concerned about is that even to push lightly on my lower back area, where the pain is it REALLy hurts! I am wondering if this is normal. I am still awaiting for my appt. for the CT scan and the Neurologist, it's ridiculous the waiting here!!! Anways I hope your having a good morning and I'll catch you later. [QUOTE=Tomorrow][COLOR=Red][B][CENTER]Good Morning Marg,[/CENTER][/B]
[INDENT]Thank you so very much for taking the time to research the patches for me. I spend so much time on the computer, but lately I haven't had the time to research. I just pray that I fall into that sixty percent ratio... They are helping my neck pain.[/INDENT]
[B][CENTER] Have a great day [/CENTER][/B][/COLOR][/QUOTE]
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In 1993 had emergency surgery done for Ulcerative Colitis.
In 1995 had pelvic pouch(internal) done.
Two months later had to go back and have Illestomy closed.
Now almost 1 year having chronic lower back pain due to Spondylolesthesis, and DDD, and also still have a 31 degree curse to back.
Also have a dextro-scoliosis and a levo-scoliosis.

 
Old 12-08-2003, 08:39 AM   #12
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[COLOR=Red][B][CENTER]Good Morning Randee,[/CENTER][/B]
[INDENT]Thank you for sharing you story about the patches. I still was only using 2 patches as I have been cutting them and putting them on my heels and neck. I did try them a few times on my back but nothing seems to help that pain. They have helped my neck and I was so relieved to finally sleep without suffering with the burning heel pain.

As for your question the answer is ice. If you are feeling pressure in the fusion area it could be from inflammation. I have also felt the pressure and had a CT Scan and it showed edema. You might have read that other member's have used a frozen bag of peas. I had laughed when I first read this post, but found it to be the best advise as it sure beats filling an ice bag. And when your done you just throw it back in the freezer door. When you don't have to go through the hassle of preparing it, you will find yourself using it more often. I just want to point out that it is extremely important not to push yourself even when you have your better days. If you do this you will end up having more painful days ahead of you. Sorry I didn't get back to you over the weekend. We also had the blizzard here in NY. We were snowed in for the whole weekend. Then I had to go out for a CT Scan this morning and I was so afraid of falling. Please still call your doctor as I do not want you to only go by the information you read on these boards. I can only speak from my own experiences and I am not a doctor. I do wish you the very best and I hope that you are feeling better.[/INDENT]
[B][CENTER] Jeanne [/CENTER][/B][/COLOR]

 
Old 12-08-2003, 09:43 AM   #13
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[QUOTE=Tomorrow][COLOR=Red][B][CENTER]Good Morning Randee,[/CENTER][/B]
[INDENT]Thank you for sharing you story about the patches. I still was only using 2 patches as I have been cutting them and putting them on my heels and neck. I did try them a few times on my back but nothing seems to help that pain. They have helped my neck and I was so relieved to finally sleep without suffering with the burning heel pain.

As for your question the answer is ice. If you are feeling pressure in the fusion area it could be from inflammation. I have also felt the pressure and had a CT Scan and it showed edema. You might have read that other member's have used a frozen bag of peas. I had laughed when I first read this post, but found it to be the best advise as it sure beats filling an ice bag. And when your done you just throw it back in the freezer door. When you don't have to go through the hassle of preparing it, you will find yourself using it more often. I just want to point out that it is extremely important not to push yourself even when you have your better days. If you do this you will end up having more painful days ahead of you. Sorry I didn't get back to you over the weekend. We also had the blizzard here in NY. We were snowed in for the whole weekend. Then I had to go out for a CT Scan this morning and I was so afraid of falling. Please still call your doctor as I do not want you to only go by the information you read on these boards. I can only speak from my own experiences and I am not a doctor. I do wish you the very best and I hope that you are feeling better.[/INDENT]
[B][CENTER] Jeanne

 
Old 12-08-2003, 09:53 AM   #14
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[QUOTE=Tomorrow][COLOR=Red][B][CENTER]Good Morning Randee,[/CENTER][/B]
[INDENT]Thank you for sharing you story about the patches. I still was only using 2 patches as I have been cutting them and putting them on my heels and neck. I did try them a few times on my back but nothing seems to help that pain. They have helped my neck and I was so relieved to finally sleep without suffering with the burning heel pain.

As for your question the answer is ice. If you are feeling pressure in the fusion area it could be from inflammation. I have also felt the pressure and had a CT Scan and it showed edema. You might have read that other member's have used a frozen bag of peas. I had laughed when I first read this post, but found it to be the best advise as it sure beats filling an ice bag. And when your done you just throw it back in the freezer door. When you don't have to go through the hassle of preparing it, you will find yourself using it more often. I just want to point out that it is extremely important not to push yourself even when you have your better days. If you do this you will end up having more painful days ahead of you. Sorry I didn't get back to you over the weekend. We also had the blizzard here in NY. We were snowed in for the whole weekend. Then I had to go out for a CT Scan this morning and I was so afraid of falling. Please still call your doctor as I do not want you to only go by the information you read on these boards. I can only speak from my own experiences and I am not a doctor. I do wish you the very best and I hope that you are feeling better.[/INDENT]
[B][CENTER] Jeanne [/CENTER][/B][/COLOR][/QUOTE]



Hi Jeanne,

Thanks for the reply. I also hope you layered real good before you went out, OOH, it's really cold. Frozen veggies-great idea!
I have been sitting way to long, online Christmas shopping. I certainly have to learn not to push, maybe in my next life(lol)!

Fondest regards, Randee-please keep in touch, hope ct scan results are great!

 
Old 12-08-2003, 01:07 PM   #15
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Re: Lidoderm Patch

[QUOTE=Tomorrow][COLOR=Red][B][CENTER]Hello Everyone,[/CENTER][/B]
[INDENT]I had gone to my pain management appointment yesterday. Most of you already know me as I never seem to shut up....lol I am know 5 months post op of a two level fusion. I have been having a difficult recovery. I also suffer with neck injury's. Anyway my question is has anyone used the Lidoderm Patch? My dr. has prescribed these for me for my neck and back. I did read all the info that came along with the script. I did use one patch last night for my neck and it did seem to help some. But the directions state that I can use up to 3 patches a day and I am a little hesitate about doing so. This is why I am asking if anyone else has used these and what if any experiences they have had with it. Thanks in advance for any information you may be able to give.[/INDENT]
[B][CENTER] Have a great day [/CENTER][/B][/COLOR][/QUOTE]
I have used the patches, Tomorrow and have used two at once, but either the pain was worse than I thought or else I didn't realize they were working, but I couldn't even tell I had them on. Saturday morning my 20 year old woke me up around 4 with muscle spasms in her back and I put the last two I had on her and it worked, so don't know what the problem was that I had.

 
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