Lidocaine gel is great!
I have chronic back pain and my doctor first prescribed lidocaine patches for me. They were working but it was a lot of trouble because they didn't stay on. Just a few hours after applying one, it would start rolling up and coming off of my skin. Of course, it loses effectiveness then.
I was complaining about this to my doctor and he said that there is also a gel version of lidocaine. He prescribed it for me and I'm so glad he did. The gel is much easier to use. It absorbs quickly and is effective for a long time.
If anyone is using the patches, I recommend switching to the gel.