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I use patches off and on with mixed success - depending on what kind of pain I have. They're great for muscle pain, so-so for bone pain, and not good at all for nerve pain in my experience. My understanding is that you can wear them for up to 12 hours and you then need an 8-12 hour break. I think you can use them for quite a long duration (weeks, months) because the side effects are minimal, unless you have a reaction with the adhesive. They're not addictive and they don't mess with your stomach, which is great.

I ended up buying some additional adhesives - the 3M clear bandages on an auction website quite inexpensively - to help keep them on because I put them on my neck and upper back. Both those places have either clothing friction or lots of movement.

Generally, I've been happy to use them when meds are not an option, like days when I'm driving or need my brain.

Just my thoughts. Good luck and let me know if you give them a try.
The key to using them is that you find the right spot. I have put one on and gotten zip relief than added a second one and it helped immensely. You can use up to 3 patches at a time.
just a little helpful hint i started doing before putting my patches on that helps keep them from "rolling' off?take a scissors and just cut or round off those corners a bit ,just enough to 'lose' those corners?believe me, this really does help alot from the dang corners catching on your clothes and starting the roll off with every other med we try,any real benefit from the use of the patches is very highly individual,and dependant on the actual pain process involved and where they are placed.i couldn't live without mine for the worst of my TP flares and my central pain syndrome hell.but they do absolutely nothing for my other pain processes.

the only real issue having to do with the lidos effects on heart rhythem is if you are at that using the three patches at a time thing,or you are not removing the patch at 12 hours.with only one patch every 12,the actual amount of lido that realistically will even hit the bloodstream is negligable or trace amounts.not enough to actually affect heart rhythem unless you have some real extreme sensitivity to lido itself,then you shouldn't be using them at all.but other than that,they are actually much safer to use than most meds that we take by mouth as far as any real side effects.marcia
Yep, they are very expensive. My rheumy had first given me a plastic bag full of samples. Then I filled my script, even tho I have a script plan, it cost me $75.00 for 30 patches. Lord knows what it costs w/o.

I have worn up to 3 at a time, stuck all over the place. My rheumy even gave me a bunch of lidocaine shots into my back muscles and put my patches back on. I even asked him if that was going to be much going into my system and he said no. I didnt have any effects that I was aware of. So they seem pretty safe.
My doc just gave me a perscription for the patches; they cost $50 for a box of 50, with my insurance. Tried one last night on lower back and it did help a little with the knawing pain I get right in the lower middle of my back. But, the darn patch kept rolling up and falling half off while I was sleeping, so I am going to try Marcia's suggestion concerning cutting the corners. Thanks,that's a good hint!

honestly,just cutting those corners off or just rounding them off really does make a difference in how well they stay put.just make certain to cut them with that plastic backing still attached to them.once that comes off it can be a mess to try and cut.glad they are giving you some is always a very highly individual thing as far as these working for you or not working for you.they should at least be tried tho.the patches also work extremely well for all my upper back trigger point crap too.Marcia
[QUOTE=kikimcsnyder;3286712]I have cervical dystonia with chronic pain in my neck. Can the patch help ease the pain? What are the side effects? How long can you use the patch? Weeks,months?[/QUOTE]

I went to a "Specialist" once who gave me lidocain patches for my bulging disk / electric shocks in my legs and it gave me major headaches, norco 10mg and over the counter kava are the only thing that has helped my arthritus and back pain. (The KAva and norco will knock me out if i take it together, so I take the norco in between the kava.)

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