ok so i'm new here, this is my second post and my first back injury/severe pain experience and i am 2 days out of the hospital after a 7 day stay with 4 day paralysis. i'm still in severe pain most of the time and at about 30% functionality and mobility. i can barely wipe myself and i cannot put shoes or socks on at all and i absolutely cannot get anywhere near the floor to pick something up. i've tried percocet, vicodin, the garbage ibuprofen the hospital sent me home with, all of the standard meds (tylenol, excedrine, advil, asprin) -- i'm running out of options. i have a small tub of lidocaine cream 5% and ive just rubbed some in the general area of my back but it doesnt seem to be penetrating deep enough. what am i doing wrong? i have a friend who also has back pain and uses 5% lidocaine patches for similar pain, so what am i missing here? should i try mixing some of the lidocaine with some bengay cream?