Lidoderm and alcohol

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I haven't heard anyone say they tried Lidoderm patches-they work well for any part of your body you are in pain, and you can cut the patches into smaller ones if you want. They are only made up of lidocaine (numbing) for surface pain, muscle pain, any pain. You wear up to 3 for no more that 12hrs and then take a 12hr break. Only one bad thing is they don't stick well, I have to use heavy duty med tape, but they are worth it. Plus, they are 235.
to help clean and cook a meal). He says he *can't live like this* and I try to talk to him and he snaps at me and says he needs to get out and leaves me home alone and I'm stuck. I know it's hard for him, but what can I do? My son moved to China and I am all alone, I am scared and so sad. I have no one else. I was trying to cope and do meditating and breathing (thanks omhome, dalubaba) but it doesn't help my personal situation.
Those Lidoderm patches are prescription. Call your Neuro's office and have the secretary have him call it into your pharmacy. You get 30 in a box. Can use up to 3 patches at the same time. But make sure you remember what time you put it on because you can only have it on for 12 hours then off for 12.
My pain management guy had me on Avinza and Lyrica (time released pain killers and muscle relaxers, and I can supplement with Vicadin and Soma up to 3 a day. I thought I was okay. Or I think I am. Thing is, I have a brother I'm helping go through detox for alcohol. It's made me worry about what I'm doing.... Then, this week, I ran out of the Vicadin 4 days early and the Avinza(pk) 5 days early. Never had such headaches and inability to sleep.
I have a normal neuro exam, normal chest xray, normal Tspine xray, normal lab. I am waiting for an MRI right now. I have tried Lidoderm patches and capsazin cream, which did nothing. I tried Lyrica which had too many side effects and I had to stop t. I tried Neurontin and it did nothing. Today I started Cymbalta. I have been taking Vicodin and oxycodone but have to take it in large doses to relieve the pain and the doctor is insinuating that I'm abusing it. I am not. I am in misery.
His primary care doctor is managing him and she is VERY strict on the meds. Today he went to a hospital looking for pain meds and they found out he had a primary care. They accused him of doctor shopping and drug seeking behavior. Now he's panicked that his primary care will find out. My feeling is he should come clean with his primary first thing tomorrow morning before she hears it from the hospital. Suggestions on how best to deal with this?
However, he said it could NOT be causing me so much pain. He checked out my arm and noticed a hard soft tissue knot, and suggested removing it through surgery and it "might" relieve my pain. So, 3 weeks ago I had the said surgery and it was removed (a hard soft tissue mass about the size of a marble). No, this was not the cyst inside my humerus bone. Anyways, I still have the pain, and it is extremely terrible at night (on a scale of 1 to 10, a 20 at night).
to NO avail. I began to see a neurologist who prescribed Lyrica 300 mg. per day... and lidoderm patches both of which provide NO relief. I have used a cream called Capsaizen that worked one time, but never again. I am going to be starting (neurontin?) on Monday, but do not have high hopes. The ONLY relief EVER is fresh ice on the arm until I can fall asleep. Any others with this problem???
And if he has to be away from the house for a long period of time I told him to hide two and if I need em I will call him and ask where they are. I thought about this long and hard, and i had a choice. I could either keep them all in my possession (in which they would be gone in a matter of days) or I could give him the control (hes never liked painkillers and wont take them) and I decided to do whats best for me which is to give him total control. I think I made the right choice.
just suffer cause your afraid you will become addicted again to a narcotic , or do you take some and just hope your strong enuf to just take that 1 or 2.and stop taking them then???? i am very affraid cuz i know its like the alcohol with me, one is all it takes and im ready for more and more. please help me with this , i have no one else who understands.
The problem is they found alcohol and cocaine in her blood so they don't seem to want to give her anything for the pain. My sister is 57 and I was very surprised about the coke thing but not about the booze. My sister is the Good Daughter in the family so I guess I'm the black sheep. They wanted to give her percocet but she said she thought those made her sick and opted for the darvocet. I was going to post about this today so it came at a good time.
There is also subuxone, which will stop withdrawl and block other opiates from working at the same time. Kinda like antibuse works for alcohol. I know what it is like to have the pain come back though. Everything I have ever broken or dislocated or had surgery on started hurting again. I had become pain tolerant to the pains before I got on hydros and percs and when I had to stop taking them it really sucked.
If I can get to only thinking maybe cutting of my limbs would help, instead of actively planning in my head of where the saw is and do I have alcohol to disinfect it...
This chronic itch has migrated over the years back and forth, mostly from neck, shoulders and arms occasional upper chest. It is almost exclusively to night, of that 90% after I lay down at night. This almost unbearable, life altering itch is hard to describe unlike insect bites, poison oak/ivy which I have had, nothing compares to this stinging type itch.
Of course what keeps me stuck is the temporary sense of feeling good (at best), and (at worse) the mere feeling of normalcy I need to work and function. I am prescribed one pill every 4 hours. I feel withdrawal symptoms within 30 minutes of my missed dose. I need to lower my tolerance so the medication goes back to being effective. I've seen my pain doc twice now. He tells me I need to see a neurosurgeon...But as one of America's working poor with no insurance, that is not feasible.
Ambien as needed, and a compounding gel as well as a Lidoderm patch and 800 mg. every 6 hours. I've found some decent relief from the compounding gel as well as the Lidoderm patch. I also do stellate ganglion blocks from time-to-time which usually helps a bit but not for very long. Wondering, if you feel comfortable sharing it, what pain you have that brings you to the Fentanyl patch? Finding this forum, though, has been great medicine for me. I've learned so much from here.
Hi everyone, I also am new to this site, and I decided to join after months of just visiting and reading what the people were experiencing and their concerns. And I really was surprised how other members responded with sharing some of their own personal experiences, and how they were very welcoming to new members showing genuine concern. With than being said, I will give you a little history on my background and why I am here.
Most definitley make sure that whatever area you choose is clean and dry before you applly the patch - however, do not use anything like alcohol to clean the area before applying, as this will open your pores too much and also can cause too much med to be absorbed (as well as increasing the chance of you having a reaction to the adhesive). I know there are at least a couple of members on here that do use the Mylan (non gel) brand of the patch.
In the last 1,500 days the best I've ever felt was last Saturday and Sunday. I wore my Lidoderm patches and took my medications and didnt drive or sit in my office chair. I HAD NO PAIN AT ALL. I felt so good that I went to work Monday morning without my TENS unit. By noon on Monday I was practically in tears. I might as well not even have had the Lidoderm patch on. For me, the catalyst seems to be sitting at an angle particular to sitting/driving. But what does this mean?
I also take Lyrica for nerve pain, Trazadone and Flexeril at night to help with sleep and muscle spasms, and I am on Zoloft and bloodpressure meds. I went a long time with no pain meds then to Tramadol then to Lortab, etc.... I have very high pain levels on a daily basis plus I have a high tolerance to meds so the weaker ones never worked well for me. The meds I am on now help more than anything else ever has and I am so thankful! I still have pain but it is a lot easier to deal with now.
i had leaking around the hart wen my system shut doun that heald, i still get that pain it seams to come wen my splean liver and other stuf swells and wen im stresd pleas find me if you get that anser, brething easy helps some times and realaxing? every ones difrant!
I use Voltaren gel and lidoderm pathches and they sometimes take the edge off. Sometimes the ThermaCare heated patches help when the pain is that deep bone pain. Putting a bunch of things together helps a little. It's so cold here right now the heating system for downstairs can't keep up so it is very cold. Good excuse to stay in bed and watch reality tv and play on the computer.
If you have a complicating medical condition or are pregnant, I might agree but otherwise, no. Barbituates, alcohol and Benzo's are the dangerous drugs to come off of CT. It's unpleasant but really not that dangerous. People have died in rapid detox but that's induced. I'm glad to hear there's no other med. It makes it a lot easier.
) I get a prescription gel called Voltaren and it can sometimes help and I also use Lidoderm patches. Sometimes it takes a whole bunch of little things to get you through. You clearly have a lot going on and going to a therapist is a great idea. There are also specific pain psychologists/psychiatrists and that may be a help. I saw one four or five times and came away with some helpful ideas. Talking to your doctor can be scary but try to remember that he works for you ...
I also have had the itchy arm syndrome for a few years and have become pretty well convinced that it is an issue related to a liver deficiency or inability to cleanse the system of toxins, most likely wine or other alcohols. I recently did a two week "liver cleanse" diet program, which included no alcohol at all, and within a few days the itching disappeared. As soon as i went off the program it started again.
sometimes doctors thought I was full of it... Believe it or not... one doctor came in... asked if the lidoderm pathes and topical meds worked and I said no.... and he said there is nothing else I can do for you... walked out in less than 3 minutes.... So I was then forced to try other doctors because I couldn't afford to go with out a doctors help.... for a short time I was only on hydrocodone.... 10/325 and even though this is still a narcotic it helped out a lot....
) Yesterday was a killer day for me with pain. The morphine didn't work well for my pain and all my other stuff (ibuprofen, gels, lidoderm patches wasn't touching it.) Today has been better with pain probably a 5 out of 10. I guess I'm just looking for someone to say, "Keep it up." I know tapering is a long process and I hate that I'm thinking negatively. I keep trying to tell myself I've come off so much (Fentanyl, Ativan, Cymbalta.) I don't have much support here.
Right now my back pain is treated with Norco (1x4hrs), neurontin 300mg 3x day and heat and Lidoderm patches but none of those helps too much once my pain gets to a certain level and cleaning or physical labor tends to jack up my pain levels ALOT. a big plus about this house is it's all 1 level, no stairs and there is a really big tub in our bathroom which is GREAT for soaking in. Does anyone have tips on managing my back pain on worse days so that I can get the house cleaning done?
I take anti-convulsants (for nerve pain), methadone, valium, ritalin (for pain actually), wellbutrin (for nerve pain), reglan (to relieve the extremely painful constipation), use lidoderm patches (nerve pain), and about once every two months (used to be weekly)...end up in the ER with uncontrollable pain that needs a very large dose of meds to stop the flare.
The only changes I've made are to quit smoking, alcohol consumption (nary a drop) and started a physical exercise program 13 years ago. I wish you relief because I know what it is like and pray you can tolerate this awful nuisance until a cure is found. Good luck.
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