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Feb 06, 2018 12:34 PM

New member here. I was asked by my doc to keep a pain diary. This looks useful.
My low back, spine and neck pain is unbearable today. Pain killers useless.
A doc at hospital the other day has suggested I get Lidocaine patches. Anyone used these?

Feb 06, 2018 1:22 PM

Welcome to the community GlasgowMac. I'm sure you'll find a lot of support here, since there are many members with back pain. I have not tried Lidocaine patches for my back pain.

Have you had any imaging such as Xrays or an MRI? and Do you have a diagnosis as to what's causing your back pain?

Feb 06, 2018 1:31 PM

I have had a few MRI scans. I have degenerative discs in my lower back and neck.
Consultant said that because I have about 4 bad discs on lower back he couldn't operate.
He is considering an op on my neck, but wants me to try some other things first, such as physio, accupuncture, different meds and tells me to keep taking the pain killers which no longer work. I have been trying all these things for years. I have had osteopaths and chiropractors as well, waste of time and money.

Feb 06, 2018 3:39 PM

It makes sense that you're having bad back pain with those conditions. I have degenerative disc disease throughout my thoracic spine, and a herniated disc at my thoracic 11-12 disc. Like you, I was told to try conservative treatment such as ice, physio, tylenol and advil, before considering surgery. While some people's pain does improve with conservative treatment I will not sugar coat the truth, which is, many people with degenerative discs or herniated discs do not get better without surgery. Conservative treatment is recommended for at least 6 weeks before considering surgery, but after 6 weeks it's unlikely the pain will get better on it's own and therefore surgery should be done. I'm currently in the process of decision making for surgery on my spine, it's a very long process. The only thing that remotely helps me is heat and lying very still.

Feb 06, 2018 6:31 PM

Welcome to the community GlasgowMac. I have D D D, severe osteoarthritis in Spine and narrowing of spinal column, and arthritis of neck and fibromyalgia. I have a fracture in T12. I had burning of nerves in lower back and neck. It didn't work in neck. It helped my back somewhat. Other than that I haven't found anything to help. I take Lyrica for fibro which does help.

Feb 06, 2018 7:32 PM

I am my own worst enemy at times. I try and push myself at times then suffer for the next few days or weeks.
Last night I bought 3 reasonably heavy and awkward items.
The girl said "will you manage ok", no problem" I said as I struggled out the door and over to the far side of the car park.
By the time I got to my car I was out on my feet. Big mistake. Have been suffering since.
I will have things delivered in future. Agony all day.

Feb 06, 2018 10:38 PM

Lidocaine patches were useless for me however pennsaid patches are amazing on me. They are a non-steroid gel type patch that stays on your body 12 hours. I leave mine 24 hours generally but that is not the directions.

Feb 07, 2018 8:52 AM

GlasgowMac have you tried Biofreeze gel or Lidocaine + Menthol patches?

Feb 07, 2018 2:08 PM

Doc has recommended lidocaine patches.

Feb 07, 2018 6:21 PM

I use 1 or lidocaine patches a day. Their ok. I use them with 2 50 mg tramadol. Together they allow me to get through 9 hours of work a day. I also use a supplement called D-Phenyl Relief. O ah, and about 6 Aleve

Feb 08, 2018 5:09 AM

Tramadol seem to make me itch all over. Anybody else get this?

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