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Old 05-12-2003, 09:21 PM   #1
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new here, but i have a question. my problem is in the muscles they say, i have tried bite block, ultrasound, anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxers, etc, etc The only thing that seemed to help (but only for a while) are the trigger point injections--can't make it to the doc often because i work at a hospital, so i've been giving them to myself--don't always get it where it is supposed to be. any suggestions? what are the lidocaine patches i read somewhere about? please help, tired of shooting up with lidocaine!!

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Old 05-14-2003, 05:23 PM   #2
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Hi and welcome to the board. I have had neither of those treatments but if you find out more info on the patches please post it. Take care Jill

Old 05-14-2003, 06:22 PM   #3
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My wife tried the patches--Lidoderm, I believe. They did not help her at all.

Old 05-18-2003, 11:34 AM   #4
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I am in training right now to be a dental assistant. At my office we use lidocaine patches to numb the mouth before we do any fillings or anything that would be painful. I've never used them myself but I know they are safe to use as long as you know how to use them properly.

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Old 05-19-2003, 05:50 AM   #5
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Hi all,
Just curious about these patches as well. I have used them for spine pain...with little success, but wondered how the work in the mouth. Are they very tiny and somehow adhere to the tissue of the mouth??

I have found usuing over the counter oragel products (benzocaine) to be helpful if I get it way back over the top molars on the cheek. Perhaps I'm numbing out the pterygoid - or masseteur muscles.

thanks much, Robyn

Old 05-19-2003, 06:11 AM   #6
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How do you go about doing your own lidocaine injections?? Are you a medical professional? I've often thought about learning how do do my own trigger point injections. My physiatrist said she has a patient who learned to do his own with accupuncture needles..but I'd imagine there is always some risk - espceially where there is arteries/nerves to beware of piercing.
Thanks, Robyn

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