Pre being diagnosed with AF, I used to take Bruffen type medication for joint pain and inflammation. Naturally, once I was on Apixaban, I couldn't take it anymore.
The pain was vicious and not even high strength co-codamol would take the edge of it. I tried so many things to improve the pain with no success. Then my GP prescribed pain patches.
I have always been sceptical of these and also pain relieving creams. However, within a few days of applying them, there was a noticeable difference. Now after over a month much better results than the Bruffen and the good bit is that you can cut the patches to fit the area of pain.
So for me the Lidocaine patches were the best year of present !