How Can Lidocaine Patches Help You With Your Fibromyalgia Problems?

Fibromyalgia is a very unpleasant condition, marked by chronic pain that gets stronger when you apply pressure.

Unfortunately, the bad news doesn’t end there – fibromyalgia is also characterized by fatigue, insomnia, and a number of other issues.

In fact, even if these problems are not too severe, they can lead to a number of other problems like anxiety, PTSD, and depression.

Although we know about this condition much more than it was the case a couple of decades ago, the cause of fibromyalgia is still unknown.

Experts on the subject suggest that the reason why this disease affects people is the combination of two factors – environment and genetics.

Whatever the reason may be, fibromyalgia is a serious issue that needs to be treated properly. The treatment starts with a proper diagnosis, so you need to be sure if you’re affected by this disease.

Signs That You Might Have Fibromyalgia

Deep muscle pain is the most common symptom of this condition. In many cases, it is accompanied by morning stiffness and pain in tender points.

Apart from physical problems, fibromyalgia can be the cause of a number of psychological issues, including anxiety, fatigue, and insomnia.

Also, a common symptom of fibromyalgia is the memory problem. The so-called “fibro fog” happens often, affecting people’s memory and focus.

Here is a list of health issues that are signs that you might have fibromyalgia:

  • Painful urination
  • Frequent urination
  • Painful menstrual cramps
  • Frequent headaches
  • Numbness in limbs
  • Irritable bowel syndrome

Remember, most of these problems are directly influenced by the pain. Your body reacts to it, which is what’s causing a number of other issues.

So, in order to get rid of those problems, first, you need to tackle the muscle pain! You can do that by using lidocaine patches.

Can Lidocaine Patches Help You Ease the Pain?

Lidocaine is a medicine that is used for numbing tissue in a certain part of the body.

This substance has such significance in modern-day medicine that the World Health Organization has added it to the list of essential medicines every hospital needs to have.

Lidocaine is used for a huge variety of problems, one of which is easing the pain caused by fibromyalgia.

Lidocaine is often used either by injecting it into the tissue or applying it onto the skin. Although it will start working faster when injected, this way of applying lidocaine has its bad sides.

The most important is that it may cause a number of side effects, from muscle twitching, numbness, tingling, to vomiting and changes in vision.

cbd for fibromyalgia pain

That is why it is recommended to be used on the skin for those who suffer from fibromyalgia.

Instead of applying lidocaine on your skin and risking numbing tissues that you didn’t plan, it is better to use specially designed patches.

Lidocaine patches are easy to use and contain the optimum amount of the substance to ease your fibromyalgia pain, without affecting your movement.

How to Use Lidocaine Patches?

You must be careful about where you apply the lidocaine patch. Be cautious not to place it onto damaged skin as it can cause further irritation.

If the skin is inflamed, damaged or broken, you must not use lidocaine patch on it! If you feel an irritation once the patch is applied, take it off immediately.

A single patch will be effective for 12 hours straight, after which you need to take it off. Make sure another 12 hours pass before you apply another lidocaine patch onto the same spot.

You need to be careful when taking off the patch as it needs to be disposed of carefully.

You must make sure children or pets do not get in contact with it, but also be careful not to spread the substance on other areas of your body.

That is why it is of utmost importance to wash your hands thoroughly after handling the patches.

 Lidocaine Patches for fibromyalgia

Warnings and Side Effects

Before you start using lidocaine patches, you need to make sure you are not allergic to the substance.

You shouldn’t use this substance if you are already using a medicine that works as an anesthetic. Also, refrain from using them if you are breastfeeding or pregnant.

If you have problems with kidneys, liver or heart, make sure to consult your physician to see if lidocaine patches are safe for you.

The same goes if you have ever had severe allergic reactions to the medicine. Although they are not common, side effects can occur when using lidocaine patches.

weight blanket for fibromyalgia

Make sure to take them off wash thoroughly the area on the skin at which it was applied to if you experience any of these symptoms:

  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Confusion
  • Vomiting
  • Intolerable thirst
  • Fast pulse
  • Swelling of the limbs
  • Itching and skin rash

Reviews of Lidocaine Patches

According to those who use lidocaine patches, this treatment can help a lot with fibromyalgia.

Most patients agree that the best effects are produced when thin 5% patches are used. Usually, each patch contains about 700mg of lidocaine.

Such patches should keep the pain at bay for 12 hours straight. Some of the most popular patches include those made by Endo and Watson.

If you decide on patches of these two brands you can expect the pain to go away some 10-20 minutes applying them. At least, that is what the most users are claiming about these products.

Conclusion

Fibromyalgia is an annoying condition that can lead to severe problems both physical and mental. Good news, however, is that you can reduce the pain caused by it.

The substance called lidocaine is your biggest ally in the battle with fibromyalgia. But, you need to know how to use this medicine!

As lidocaine can cause certain side effects, it is recommended to use it in the form of patches.

This way, you will treat only the tissue that is hurting you, without numbing other parts of the body. On top of that, you will be able to remove the patch if it starts feeling uncomfortable.

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16 Comments

  • There have been nights when the pain was so bad in my hips and lower back that sleep was only possible by applying patches, but try to get them! They are only prescribed for shingles and most insurance will not pay for it without prior authorization. Good luck with that if your pain doctor is anything like mine!

  • I am on these patches there fab.really have helped to relieve the pain along with all the other medications I’m on…..
    Certainly wouldn’t want to be without them 🤔😢😕

    • Do they only work at the site of application or enter the blood stream & be effective for the whole body.

  • I have tried these patches on several occasions (I keep hoping one day it might help) and have not had any relief. A warm blanket works better for me than those patches

  • I’ve used those patches in the past. They don’t work for me. It’s great if they work for others. I don’t just have fibromyalgia, I also have the following diagnosis of; Rheumatoid Arthritis, OsteoArthritis of my knees, Ankles, and shoulders, Degenerative Disc Disease, my left foot is completely which was caused by a “pain doctor” that was not allowed to write meds, but after an injection he did my big toe went numb and now it’s my entire left foot. It’s not part of the pre-diabetes, I get migraines, tension headaches, insomnia (I’ve been awake since monday.) I have had something called Petella-femoral tracking disorder, which is where my knees pop, click and cause severe pain because my kneecaps doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do, instead it tracks in all kinds of directions. No cartilage left and thus it’s bone on bone and recently the knees have been buckling a lot. I’ve fallen frequently including off the edge of our bed and down our steps. I visit to a new Orthopaedic Surgeon, he tells me that I have something called Petella-femoral tracking pain disorder which is because my knees are so bad so they need the metal hinged braces, one on both knees and he said I need aquatic therapy but there’s no place in my county that offers that, so my insurance is just dragging it’s feet about approving a place in another County. He also told me that he doesn’t like to treat fat people. So he made suggestions for my primary care doctor but then he dismissed me. He definitely won’t be getting anymore referrals from my doctors office.
    There’s more but I’m still awake,, it’s day 3. I’m going to be on a free (only paid 4.95 for shipping) trial of AvinolPM. It’s an ALL NATURAL sleep aid… it will be here tomorrow which is good cause I can refill my Insomnia meds till 1st.
    I’m developing a migraine.

    • Bless your heart! No fun.
      I was born with a slow growing cancerous germ cell tumor. It didn’t start affecting me until 8 months after I turned 13 year old. I woke up one morning with a headache. Didn’t think anything of it. Figured it was hormones. Took some Ibuprofen and went on with my day. But the headache never went away and, about a month later, it had gotten so severe that I was up all night, in the floor of my bedroom on my hands and legs with my head between my knees vomiting, due to the pain.
      The following month I noticed that the hands on the clock in my English class seemed to be doubled over, when they reached the number two. Naturally, I thought the clock was broken. By the time we got out of school for Christmas break, I was seeing two completely separate clocks, where in reality there was only one.
      In January, my parents called a brain tumor specialist hospital to schedule an MRI for me, but because I wasn’t an emergency case, they scheduled the MRI for the end of May and suggested I see a local physician until then.
      We went to see a local physician’s assistant (PA) and he walked in the room and immediately said I was having teenage migraines, without so much as looking at me. My pupils had begun to naturally dilate at this point and the PA said that was a side effect of the migraines. He prescribed some Ibuprofen 300 and sent us on our way.
      I was back in his office a week later, because the Ibuprofen hadn’t touched the pain. The PA was livid that we questioned his diagnosis. He took my dad out in the hallway, from the exam room, shut the door, and told him that I was just whining about these headaches to get attention and if he and Mom would ignore me, then my headaches would go away.
      Thankfully my parents knew me better than that.
      My headaches continued to get worse and the PA just kept prescribing stronger and stronger opioids and saying that there was nothing wrong with me.
      Finally, on March 29, which was the Thursday before Easter that year, Mom and Dad got a CT scan scheduled for me at our local hospital. The ER technician said the scan and results would take 30 minutes at the longest. I got there, signed in, immediately went back for the scan, it took 5 minutes, then they sent me back out to the waiting room. We sat and sat and sat and sat, for four hours.
      Long after the family medicine where I’d been seeing the PA had closed, a doctor came out from the back of the ER with a huge manila envelope and told us to take it down to see the PA at the family medicine. They were supposed to have been closed for over 2 and a half hours.
      We took it down there and the PA met us at the door. He took us in the back to an exam room and explained that I had a condition known as hydrocephalus, which is when cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) builds up inside the brain and causes the brain to swell, due to something blocking the natural passageway of the CSF. In a 3 minute stretch the PA explained that there was some kind of mass in my brain that he could not identify, so I would be going to Duke Hospital the following morning for an MRI and neurosurgery.
      We told him that we had already spoken with Duke Hospital and they had scheduled an MRI for me for late May. The PA said that they not wanted to see me the following day.
      We went to Duke the next day and I was convinced that they were going to tell me that the PA had made a mistake, after the MRI. Instead, the neurologist on call said she had no idea how I was still alive, much less still conscious with the severity of hydrocephalus I had.
      She asked me how long I’d been seeing two of everything and my mom interrupted and told her I hadn’t. I scrunched up my shoulders and said, “Uhhh…just over 4 months…???”

      They ended up deciding I could wait until the morning, before I had the six hour neurosurgery. They partially cut my brain in half and removed as much of the tumor as they safely could.
      Following surgery, “A” and “B” didn’t immediately reconnect properly and my chances of survival were reduced to .1% with no chance of being anything more than a vegetable if I did wake up.
      Several days later, when I finally did wake, I was paralyzed from my cheekbones down to my toes, but was fully aware of everything around me.
      Mom and Dad could see the frustration in my eyes and once my doctors figured out that I was aware they began asking me “Yes,” or “No,” questions, where I’d blind once for “Yes,” and twice for “No.” I couldn’t do that so I’d slowly blind once for, “Yes,” then squint my eyes for “No.”
      I had hundreds of hours worth of physical, speech, and occupational therapy and 3 more surgeries, in a 4 week period to try and correct the hydrocephalus. I had to relearn how to talk, write, sit up on my own, stand, walk, tie my shoes, brush my teeth, wash my hair. I had 6 and a half weeks of radiation treatments and I started them in a wheelchair, progressed to a walker, then on the day of my last treatment I walked in!

      The malignant tumor created an inoperable benign cyst on my left optic nerve, that is surrounded by a bundle of nerves and any attempt to remove it would give me a stroke. Because of the cyst, I am visually impaired and cannot see to drive. I have double vision, slow/painful movement of my eyes when I look down, “tunnel vision” where I cannot see anything below my nose, or outside a certain parameter in my peripheral vision, and no depth perception, because my eyes function opposite of one another.

      From all of the research I’ve done, I think that I began developing fibromyalgia immediately following my radiation treatments. I didn’t begin seeing doctors about it, though, until I was 25 years old and started having anaphylactic reactions, breaking out in hives and welts, and getting really sick on the stomach from foods, artificial dyes, and products I’d had no negative effects from for my entire life.
      My two main allergies are to nickel and formaldehyde, but they are umbrella chemicals for all the things nickel and formaldehyde are in. Nickel is in everything that naturally grows out of the ground. It is also found in cans and just about everything that is metallic. Formaldehyde is every preservative that is sodium based and present in adhesives and latex.
      I’m 31 now and the changes I’ve had to make to my diet were just the tip of the iceberg. My various doctors have had a field day trying to get proper tools/bandaging, gloves, etc. for labs, biopsies, surgeries, stitches/removing stitches, going to the dentist, etc. together for me, so I don’t have anaphylaxis in the middle of a procedure. I just had surgery on my left foot July 17 of this year, for complications from my radiation treatments in 2002. When they wheeled me into the surgery area, there were more doctors in the room, who were there just to monitor me in the event of a reaction, then there were actual surgeons! I have a 10 to 12 week recovery time for my left foot, then I’ll be having surgery on my right foot for the same complications and a similar recovery time.

      While I’m extremely thankful for my radiation treatments, because they ultimately saved my life, they created a slew of other issues which continue to effect me. I’m seeing a dermatologist every 4 to 6 months and they are removing pre-cancerous moles, which my body is covered in. My podiatrist works at the same clinic as my orthopedist, who specializes in fibromyalgia, and they are just around the corner from my dermatologist.

      While it can be a handful trying to get family to take me to my various appointments, I am extremely blessed to have such a loving family that is willing to be there and support me! I hope that you have a similar family who can and will support you and I wish you the best of luck in getting by and feeling better! I can understand your struggles and frustrations and I truly wish you all the best, Margaret!

  • I have a prescription and I cut them so I can cover more areas. My copay is only $5. If you can get a prescription from your dr. I highly recommend them. Make sure you follow directions and use no more than 3 a day and remember 12 hours on 12 hours off.

  • Prescribed Lidocaine patches (not OTC) are a wonderful help with my FM, but sometimes NOTHING works! Unfortunately the NHS here in Wales will soon stop prescribing them for pain. I am allergic to or have “adverse reactions” to all opiates and other pain meds. just don’t work. Once again, I’m screwed.

  • I also have found that rx oatches are the best, however 5% patches are not available anymore unless you’re a diabetic. It’s time someone did something about this issue. OTC ones don’t help as well as the rx ones and they don’t stay in place as well either.

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