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Posted by Charlie Weaver on October 30, 2000 at 16:36:47:

In Reply to: Re: Fibromyalgia pain (in a concentrated area) Response to Charlie posted by KAREN on October 29, 2000 at 12:01:31:

: : Karen, I had this problem in my left leg. That was the worst spot on my entire body. I ended up going to PT for 15 months before I had some sort of relief. It was a combination between injections and PT, but the pain ended up coming back after a couple of months again. I'm at a loss as to explain why it seems stronger or more severe in one area than another. Just one of the strange symptoms in this ever so strange syndrome. I am now in therapy again and have been trying lidoderm patches. They seem to have some effect, but since it's only been 1 month waiting to see long-term effects. Will try to keep you posted.

: CHARLIE...Thanks for your response. I am curious as to if the pain in your left was in the upper half or all over??? My pain in just in the upper half. I just had another MRI done Friday but I'm sure the report will be neg. You said you use lidoderm patches...what are these? Also, are you able to work with the pain? I am an elementary education teacher and I haven't returned to school this year because of my leg problem. There is no way I could do all the running around that I do in a typical school day with this pain. Would you mind replying once again. I am grateful! KAREN
Karen, the lidoderm patches are fairly new from what I have been able to find on the internet. The patches have to be prescribed by your physician/doctor or pain specialist. What it is is a small patch approximately 4 x 6 inches that comes in a sealed envelope similar to a zip lock bag. The patches have 5 percent lidocaine on them. You can cut them to any size that you need. You can leave them on the painful area up to 12 hours. When my doctor prescribed these and percocet tablets, he said that if these didn't work we would have to find another way. I asked what he meant and he said the last step would be a mortphine drip. Just what I need. So far these seem to have done the job. He also sent me to a neurologist because the pain was very severe going from the middle of my back right up and around my entire head. He changed the percocet to neurontin. The combination of both have helped somewhat. The pain is still there, but at least I can help it to be eliminated with these patches. The shots that I would get wouldn't last that long, and this way I am in control. I highly recommend them. It was an elderly man who came up with them because his wife was in such a high amount of pain. I thank him eternally. Maybe see if your doctor can prescribe them for you. They are maufactured by Endo Pharmaceuticals. If you need any other info, feel free to contact me. My email is [email protected] Good Luck and Gentle hugs to you.

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