Re: Lidocaine patch anyone??
for the type of pain you are describing which i am sure also includes trigger point pain?these work really well for me.i have constantly generating TPs all over my neck,upper back and even under my shoulder blades.when things get really nasty i place one patch over that wad of muscle/tissue.it really helps keep the pain from radiating out.it numbs the TP pretty well.for the areas where the patches wont stick like up into the hairline,i use the lido ointment too.it has the same amount(5%) of lido as the patches in it but it doesn't work quite as well,but it sure does help.i think you would probably benefit from the lido patches on your upper back area for sure.i recently got this gel called biofreeze that really really helps alot with my neck and upper back pain too.no other topical that i have tried even comes close to the benefits of the biofreeze.i just tried a sample of this stuff that my hubby got from someone he works with and wow,was i impressed.it really helps keep things less intense.i am using this stuff and lido to try and treat the pain of my newest injury,a torn rotator cuff.i need surgery again(damn) but honestly between the lido but mostly the biofreeze,i have not had to actually increase my narcotics to handle it.that i am really happy about.you can only get the bio from a chiropractor for some stupid reason,tho i am pretty sure you could probably track it down on the net somewhere.i love this stuff.
i would most definitely get that Rx for the patches filled when you can.it honestly really helps tons with my TP pain,much better than alot of other things i have tried in the past,including the nasty TP injections that i think i have probably had at least 100 or so of at this point.i also use the tennis ball in a sock thing where you place it behind your upper back and a nice solid wall and roll it around and push it into the actual TP?sometimes by holding firm pressure for about 45 seconds you can kind of pop the TP or break it down?it also just feels kind of good to push and roll that ball around kind of hard into the whole upper back sometimes.just little helpful hints i use that help.i do think the lido would be worth filling tho.just being able to actually 'numb' those radiating wads of torture really helps.good luck and i hope you can get the same relief i get with the lido.please let us know how things go.marcia
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