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To Better Days Patches Review For Chronic Pain

by InvisiblyMe

[ Update 2023 : Sadly the To Better Days brand has ceased due to lack of funding for their development ]

A little while ago, a brand called To Better Days got in touch with me. Without requiring anything from me, they asked if I’d like to try some of their patches. I’m always keen to try new things in the lifestyle, health and wellness categories so I wanted to share my thoughts here. The To Better Days patch is an incredibly innovative product that could serve as a super convenient management tool for some individuals with occasional or chronic pain, and they now also produce specialised patches for migraines.

About The Brand

This is a contemporary, warm and light-hearted brand that works on the level of the customer. The products are designed with the user in mind and they seem genuinely enthused about making sure their customers are satisfied. 

The brand is new but already it continues to innovate and develop, so I can see To Better Days growing greatly in popularity and going from strength to strength in the future. 

A photo on the grass in my garden showing my black and white cat, Virgil, looking down at the two To Better Days packs of pain patches laid out in front of him.

To Better Days Patches : What Are They?

These are pain patches with a difference. You might have come across other patches, like I have, designed to help with pain, often ones that provide a warming sensation. I’ve never come across anything quite like these in the To Better Days range, so I was really intrigued when I learned more about what’s in them and how they work. 

They come in two sizes: Small Joint Pack & Big Joint Pack. The former are smaller, thinner strips, and the latter are large rectangular patches for bigger areas. They also offer a trial pack which comes with 6 small and 3 large patches so you can give them a try and see what you prefer. To Better Days is a very focused brand, so the range is small and concise but is due to grow with the inclusion of migraine patches. I think the concentrated effort is a positive here.

The patches themselves are a bit like thin, light-coloured plasters that you just apply to an area of your skin where you’re having problems with pain, then you leave it there to work its magic. They’re designed to last & give benefit for at least 24hrs on your skin.

A bird's eye view of the two packs of To Better Days packets for this review on the grass in my garden. One is yellow for the joint patches, the other is a green/blue for migraines.

How Do To Better Days Patches Work?

This is a fresh, innovative product based on scientific theory that combines the simple but effective power of Vitamin D and Dextrose.

Vitamin D is vital for the healthy functioning of our bodies, particularly when it comes to healthy bones, muscles, nerves and joints. The To Better Days patches release a dose of this so-called “sunshine vitamin” directly to that area once it’s on your skin. Topical application like this gets the Vitamin D quickly and efficiently to your body and, if you have nerve-related pain, the brand claims that the vitamin is “absorbed by your body to the damaged nerve”. 

Related Reading : The Sunshine Vitamin – Why Vit D Is So Important

Dextrose is a simple sugar derived from corn, chemically identical to blood sugar or glucose, commonly found in pharmaceuticals as well as foods and sweeteners. Being a simple sugar means the body can utilise it quickly for energy, which is a speedy pick-me-up when your blood sugar’s low.

So, why this combination?  The mix of 30mg dextrose and 30,000IU Vitamin D to the skin’s epidermis provides non-medicinal, targeted pain relief in hours by affecting the nerve endings below the skin associated with pain. 

To Better Days provides further evidence on their website, but essentially they refer to research indicating how low blood sugar can relate to chronic pain. From this, it’s thought that the application of glucose directly to the pain-specific nerve cells, called nociceptors, can help them function more adequately and reduce pain. To get to those pain receptors it needs a boost from Vitamin D.

To Better Days undertook consumer research in 2020 to see how their products impacted pain on real people. Unfortunately this was a very small sample size of only 29 people, but 83% of them reported an improvement to their pain.

How long do they take to work? From this same research, it was found that 80% of the participants that benefited from the patches said they noticed an improvement to pain within the first day of use. Of those people, 63% noticed that improvement within a mere 30 minutes of the patch application.

A photo of the To Better Days patches for this review on the grass. The packet is open and I'm holding up the joint patch, which is a large rectangle. The patches are joined together like a strip of stickers.

Who Are These Patches Suitable For?

The To Better Days range is designed for all adults experiencing ongoing pain. They’re free from lactose, gluten and latex, but they’re not suitable for vegans. The brand is looking for a vegan-alternative vitamin D for the concentrations required in the product. 

The brand states these are suitable for most people, including those who’ve previously experienced adverse affects from painkillers, those with IBS, and those with lactose intolerance. Patches are also a good alternative for those that struggle with oral tablets for whatever reason. 

The brand notes that these are safe for diabetics because the quantity of sugar is so low, below what’s usually contained in food. Nonetheless, always speak to your doctor if you have any queries before taking Dextrose products when you have diabetes.

No specific guidance is given for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding other than to speak to your doctor first.

To Better Days Migraine Patches

To Better Days have been working hard to create a new product for this line specifically for migraine sufferers. These patches take the same style as the regular joint and muscle packs, but they’re small, circular patches that you can put where required, such as your forehead or temple to help with migraines or headaches.

A collage of two photos showing the To Better Days patches for migraines gifted for this review. To the left is the front of the packet, and to the right is me holding the strip of patches. Individual patches are small, round patches.

Pain Patches : Convenient Use

  • These are mess-free. Just peel off a patch, pop it on your skin and forget about it. This makes them particularly convenient for use anywhere, any time. 
  • Only use these on clean, dry, unbroken skin. Having things like moisturiser or oil on your skin may impact the adhesion. 
  • You can use more than one patch at a time, and you can cut patches to shape if required. 
  • They’re non-invasive and fast acting so they get to work quickly targeting your pain, joints, muscles and nerves. 
  • Without medications and associated side-effects, they’re a pill-free alternative that could be used solo or alongside your usual treatments and medications. 
  • To Better Days patches are safe to use and without known interaction to other treatments. That said, things work differently for everyone so in the unlikely event the product causes any issues or irritation, discontinue use immediately and speak to your GP if you have any concerns. I’ve personally found these to be perfectly okay in use, with no side-effects and no problems at all to report.
A photo of my upper back as I stand in front of a tree in the garden. I'm wearing a strappy black top. The left strap is down, showing a To Better Days pain patch on my back, just on the edge of the right shoulder blade and to the spine.

To Better Days Pain Patches : My Experience

I admire the brand’s user-centric warm and inspiring approach. The products themselves are innovative and different to anything else on the market, yet they’re still so simple and versatile to use. It’s great to have such a fuss-free, convenient product at hand for when you want it. 

Any product or medication will work differently for anyone. I like these for my shoulders and knotted muscles in that region, but I don’t notice a massive difference and they sadly don’t do anything for the debilitating pain in my back and hips as a result of nerve damage and metal tacks in my back, nor my inflammation-related migraines. Tramadol (a synthetic opioid) does help to keep me functional but it doesn’t take away the pain and nothing else even comes close to helping. That’s just me. That said, I still use other products like heat pads, ice packs, rubs and so on, and so To Better Days pain patches are another such another tool to help people manage their experience. These can then be complimentary to physical therapy, pacing, stretching and any other ways you find to support your wellbeing and physical health.

Such things like heat pads and rubs don’t touch the pain for me in any meaningful way, but they do make the experience a little more tolerable and they’re all tools in the toolbox that I’ve come to find some comfort in.

A photo of me in the garden in front of a tree smiling and holding the two packs of To Better Days patches for this review. One is yellow for joints and the other is green/blue for migraines.

I’m hesitant to share how these do or don’t work well for me because that doesn’t really mean much. What works for one person may not work for the next; you’ll never know if or how something may work for you unless or until you try it. I’ve had a look through testimonials, the brand’s social pages and other reviews and there seem to be a lot of people who love these and find them beneficial for managing pain and keeping them more mobile to go about their daily lives. I’d say they’re well worth giving a try.

I personally see these as an add-on product for managing pain and making yourself a little more comfortable, while also being a way of practicing self-care and of keeping mobile. That may be in addition to prescription or OTC medications, pacing, alternative therapies like acupressure, physiotherapy or any other services and products you may use.

In a nutshell? It’s a warm, innovative company that cares about their users and creates top-quality products designed to help with a very real problem. The products may support some people to go about their day to day lives as they manage chronic pain, and every little helps in making such an intolerable thing a little more bearable. As these are much simpler and safer than many alternatives, they’re a brilliant option to try.

A collage of three sections. The first two show me holding the joint patches in a yellow cardboard sleeve and the migraine patches in the green sleeve respectively. The third section is text, reading: To Better Days Pain Patches. Convenient, fuss-free self-care to help you manage your pain so you can get on with your day.
A black scroll divider.

Have you come across the To Better Days brand before? Is this product range something you’d like to try?

Caz  ♥

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[ These products have been freely gifted by the brand ]

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doublegenealogytheadoptionwitness February 21, 2022 - 4:04 pm

Thanks for including the small sample size in your balanced review of the interesting new product.

InvisiblyMe February 25, 2022 - 10:43 pm

I think their sample selection so new users can give the different sizes a try is a great idea. I hope you like the review & thank you for the comment! ????

Kymber Hawke February 21, 2022 - 4:30 pm

This seems like a good product. I enjoyed your review, Caz. I’ll be interested to see when they come out with their vegan product. I think it would be really useful.

InvisiblyMe February 25, 2022 - 10:47 pm

I agree. Being vegan shouldn’t always be a barrier to products historically or typically related to animals in production in some way. New ways around it are growing all the time. I’d be interested to see whether a vegan source of Vit D to use in something like this would be possible. It’s great they’re even considering it so as to be more inclusive. Glad enjoyed the review. Thanks, Kymber! ???? x

Ashley L. Peterson February 21, 2022 - 5:46 pm

I love the pic with Virgil!

InvisiblyMe February 25, 2022 - 10:53 pm

His big head is going to tip over his little body if I tell him that ????

Sandee February 21, 2022 - 6:00 pm

You’re beautiful. Yes what works for one may not work for another. If it helps only a little bit it’s worth it.

Great review as always.

Have a fabulous day and week, Caz. ♥

InvisiblyMe March 3, 2022 - 2:49 pm

Absolutely, every little helps when living with a health condition or pain and we can use all the tools we can get. I’m really glad you like the review – thank you, Sandee! I hope you’re having a lovely week so far ???? xx

annieasksyou February 21, 2022 - 7:52 pm

This sounds like a potentially helpful product, Caz, and I know you’re a careful researcher. I don’t know how much of that amount of Vit D would be absorbed in the body, but I’m aware that it’s a vitamin that the body stores over time. Do the manufacturers talk about safety re: concerns of toxicity?

I’m assuming they must have considered this possibility and have good answers. I just get nervous when I hear about this level of a fat-soluble vitamin.

The photos of you are simply beautiful. Is your mom doing ok?

Annie xxx

InvisiblyMe March 3, 2022 - 4:36 pm

That is a fantastic question, Annie. I wish I had a really good answer to it! In general, Vitamin D toxicity is a possible (as opposed to Vit B12, for instance) so you do need to be careful about what you’re taking, whether that’s patches, supplements, sun or diet. I think you might need to see what else you’re getting but in general, I would imagine a patch a day would be suitable for most as there doesn’t seem to be a large amount of Vit D in the patches or that goes from the patch into the body. In their research, To Better Days found the following : “Results demonstrate no substantial or dangerous increases in OH (25) levels, showing the patched to be safe to use for a continuous period of time without the risk of vitamin D build-up.” Does that help at all?

And thank you, you are far too kind to call me beautiful! The photos were, thankfully, taken last year. Nobody needs to see me right now as I’m starting to look more like what I feel. Eugh.

My mum is a bit more herself, thank you ???? She’s not too good physically, and she’s very breathless but they’re not fully sure why. I thought it was the blood clot but it could be fluid build up (new tablet for that started today) or heart failure from the heart attack. She will keep the local chemist busy as she has a heap of pharmaceuticals to help reduce the blood clot in her heart and help support the heart function. I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that over the next few weeks and months things get better and better, preferably without surgical intervention. Thank you for your kindness to ask, Annie. How’re you holding up? What’s life like in your world at the moment? I hope the week is treating you kindly so far ???? xx

Despite Pain February 22, 2022 - 10:45 am

I always love to hear about new products which have the potential to help people. Very often, with chronic pain, we need to use multiple approaches, so these could be the prefect addition to the toolbox. Great review about a lovely new product.

InvisiblyMe March 3, 2022 - 4:38 pm

I agree, Liz. It can take a multi-modal approach to manage pain, and every little helps. I like that this gives people something more hands on but without the sorts of side-effects or risks as pharmaceuticals so it can go alongside your other tools quite nicely. Thanks for reading & commenting ???? x

msgracefulnot February 22, 2022 - 3:03 pm

I did click the link to their website, to look for a sample, unfortunately I’m sure it’s not cost effective to send to the US. 🙁

InvisiblyMe March 3, 2022 - 5:35 pm

It’s a shame postage here costs so much, whether we send within the UK or internationally. Maybe one day that’ll change because it would be great to make shipping these more cost-effective so people elsewhere in the world can try them. xx

Animalcouriers February 22, 2022 - 4:01 pm

Shame they didn’t work for you but there surely will be people out there reading this that they will help.

InvisiblyMe March 3, 2022 - 6:06 pm

It’s a shame things don’t work for everyone but I’ve seen plenty of comments now from those who’ve found these beneficial, so I know they can help plenty of people. It’s just a case of having to try something, whatever it is, before you know whether it’ll help and to what degree. Thanks for the comment – hope you’re doing well this week ???? x

James Viscosi February 23, 2022 - 3:23 am

Sounds like a good company! I’m sorry to hear the products didn’t work well for you. I was hoping they would at least help with the migraines ― I used to get those and I was basically useless when I had one, and nothing much helped.

InvisiblyMe March 3, 2022 - 6:15 pm

I’m really impressed by them as a brand and a company, and I like the novelty of the products to give people a safer, natural alternative to use as a complementary tool for managing pain. It’s a shame they didn’t work for me but they work for plenty of other people, so I definitely think they’re worth trying and I’m still glad I did. As for migraines, they’re a total nightmare and render me utterly useless too. I’m sorry you know what they’re like and I hope you never get another one. I’m actually on a new injection medication so I’m hoping that’ll take the edge off because I was getting up to 28 episodes a month (often 2x a day). Absolutely ridiculous! Thanks for the comment – I hope the week is treating you guys well ????

The Oceanside Animals February 23, 2022 - 4:03 am

Charlee: “Virgil! Grab the packets and make a run for it!”

InvisiblyMe March 3, 2022 - 6:16 pm

If he comes in covered in stickers, I know who’s to blame..! ????

Blogging_with_Bojana February 23, 2022 - 10:55 am

I never knew such a thing existed before my mom got ill. Now I can say they are one of the greatest inventions ever.

InvisiblyMe March 3, 2022 - 11:00 pm

I’m glad such things have been helpful! I hadn’t heard of anything quite like these before either but I love the concept and I think the natural appeal of them could help a lot of people either as a standalone product or a complementary tool ????

Blogging_with_Bojana March 4, 2022 - 10:48 am

Absolutely. (I still can’t write my answers on WP. I have to visit your site/post to comment.)

Carolyn Page February 25, 2022 - 5:38 am

Anything that works for you has got to be good, Caz. I’m so pleased you are finding these helpful. &
So good to see you are posting. I’ve been thinking of you and your mum. I do hope she is feeling better. Perhaps an update?
Sending lots o’ Love

InvisiblyMe March 3, 2022 - 11:02 pm

I should do a little update soon as I wanted to thank everyone for their positive vibes and warm wishes for my mum. She’s more herself now but she’s not feeling well (unsurprising really). She’s on a lot of pharmaceuticals, she’s very out of breath, and it could take months for the clot in her heart to reduce before they can say whether to do any surgical procedure or not. I’m just hoping that it’s baby steps now towards her getting better and keeping going in the right direction.

Thanks for the comment, Carolyn ???? I hope you & K are keeping as well as possible xxxx

forresting365 February 27, 2022 - 10:12 pm

Oh wow. I’ve never heard of these. I bookmarked and will share with friends if they need. Thank You, Caz!!! AND….I have a dear friend who has been having all sorts of health issues for the past few years…one of her problems was that she had a migraine for almost 8 months….no one could help her with it. She tried everything from conventional doctors to homeopaths to no avail. She’d have small windows of relief some days; but it never lasted for long. Recently she got Covid. She was taking all sorts of natural remedies and just resting. A friend of hers sent her this thing (I FORGET WHAT IT’S CALLED!!!) that makes an uber fine, cool mist. You fill it with a vial of saline solution, one drop of food-grade hydrogen pyroxide and one drop of iodine and inhale it in the morning and evening. She said it takes about 10 minutes. After a few days of doing this….her migraine disappeared!!!! COMPLETELY!!! She said after the first day of doing it all sorts of horrible stuff came out of her nose the next morning. Each morning it lessens. She read online that this machine is dangerous and asked her friend, who is in her 40s about it. Her friend said she was raised with her mother doing it to her for her entire childhood. She administers it to her 4 year old and has done so since she was a baby. The only MUST is that it has to be FOOD-GRADE hydrogen peroxide. Anyway….she’s going to send me info on it. I’m healthy but curious. Just wanted to put that out there. Sorry I don’t remember the name!!! If You want to know or if it’s okay, I’ll come back and leave it here when she sends it to me. Sending huge hugs, much gratitude, Love and HUGE prayers for pain relief for You and All. Thank You again, Caz. You are so helpful!!! ❤️❤️❤️

InvisiblyMe March 6, 2022 - 4:37 pm

I’m so glad I could introduce you to something new, and thank you for sharing it with anyone who might want to try them. Every little helps and I love finding new products that are worth trying as you never know what might help.

I’m sorry for your friend – migraines are hellish and incredibly debilitating. That product you’ve mentioned her using is completely new to me, I’m super curious! I wouldn’t have thought hydrogen peroxide would be safe to inhale given its toxicity, but then again, it sounds like it’s mixed with saline and iodine so who knows. I’d urge caution with it for sure, though I also know nothing about this so it may be safer than I’m thinking. Perhaps it’s the antiseptic properties that helped her so much. I love that love of gunk came out of her nose, that makes me feel like it really did something rather than being a placebo effect ???? I would love it if you could let me know a little more about this when you can, the name of what it’s called would be good and I’ll investigate a bit more. Thank you very muchly for taking the time to share this! ???????? Take good care of yourself lovely xxxx

forresting365 March 7, 2022 - 1:02 am

Hey Caz! I always love learning new things from You! Your thoroughness on all Your posts is amazing. It’s my pleasure to share something back! Please forgive my utter lack of thoroughness…but I got the info! It’s a mesh Nebulizer. I just got mine in the mail. Hers was from APOWUS, so that’s what I ordered on Amazon. She says You only use saline with it unless You have a cold or are sick…or have a lingering headache that may be a sinus infection like she thinks she had. When hydrogen peroxide is used it HAS to be FOOD GRADE, which is actually costly and different than the drugstore kind. Only 1 drop is used with 1 drop of iodine and the saline vial. I really know nothing else about it, haven’t tried mine yet and don’t know who it is safe for and who would not benefit from it. The pollen here is so thick right now that I’m going to give it a shot next time I get a sinus headache….but just with saline. I wish I knew more about it! You very likely already know about nebulizers….I mentioned it to a couple of friends and they’d grown up with them. Who knew? Sending huge hugs Your way! You take care of Your beautiful self too!!! ????❤️????

InvisiblyMe March 7, 2022 - 12:36 pm

Aah yes, a nebuliser! I hadn’t heard of hydrogen peroxide with it (or saline) so it’s very curious. Nebulisers can be good for sinus stuff. They also recommend stuff like Netti Pots (or something like the Neil Med sinus rinse – https://amzn.to/3pIsH7n ) BUT what I’ve just found is that “Saline Nebuliser Solution is only to be used as a diluent for diluting products for nebulisation and should not be used on its own.” I’m not sure that saline should be used on its own. However, the next article I found was a scientific journal, which said “nebulized isotonic saline is sometimes used to assist sputum expectoration and relieve breathlessness in COPD patients”. So that confuses things a bit! Pleeeeeease read up on it a bit more before trying it, Katy, just to be on the safe side so you know what to use with it. I really do hope it helps you when you next get a sinus headache. And thank you again for coming back to let me know all of this, it’s really interesting stuff!! ???? xxxx

forresting365 March 7, 2022 - 9:57 pm

OH WOW, Yikes, and THANK YOU SOOO VERY MUCH, Caz!!! Man. I will definitely look into it more before using it. Might have been a good idea to research it BEFORE I bought it. ???? Sitting here laughing. If I had Your patience and brain….I seriously might have made some MUCH wiser choices here and there in my life!!! ???? Cheers, HUGE hugs and I’m sending SOOOO much gratitude to Your beautiful Self! I will definitely let You know what I find out and what my experience turns out to be with it. xoxoxoxoxox! ????????????

jo arosetintedworld February 28, 2022 - 9:31 am

Another great review Caz. Love the sound of these patches

InvisiblyMe March 7, 2022 - 4:55 pm

Thanks, Jo, glad you like the review! They’re a really interesting concept for those with pain & we could definitely do with more innovation in this area so it’s brilliant to see ????

Blanca March 5, 2022 - 8:53 pm

Hi Caz! Thank you so much for this complete review. These pain patches sound really good. I love the fact they are all natural with the combination of Vitamin D and Dextrose. I suffer from migranes now and again so this alternative to pills may come in very handy.

On a side note, I can no longer reach your site through Wordpress. When I click on your icon, it says your site cannot be found. Hopefully, it will be a temporary thing and it will get fixed soon.

InvisiblyMe March 8, 2022 - 5:12 pm

I’m really glad you like the review! The patches being natural is a big part of the appeal to me, too. I’m sorry you know what it’s like to experience migraines, they’re absolutely hellish. I do hope they’re minimal for you in future. And thank you so much for letting me know about the problem on the WP reader – do you mean when you click InvisiblyMe on the Reader, that it says it can’t be found? I can see it on this link https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/53003633 but maybe that’s because I’m logged in. Please do let me know if it’s still not working for you, I’ve had lots of problems since migrating my site to a new host so it’ll be another teething issue! Thanks again lovely xx

Lee Good March 17, 2022 - 12:54 am

It’s great to know what treatments are available when living with a chronic pain condition like fibromyalgia. I had not even considered patches until now! Thanks for linking up at Fibro Blogger Directory.

InvisiblyMe March 19, 2022 - 12:10 pm

Patches are an incredibly convenient tool, aren’t they? A really good idea and something worth trying to see if they could help because with fibro, we need all the help we can get! Thanks, Lee, I hope you have a restful weekend ???? xx

Jenny Clarkson July 7, 2022 - 3:02 pm

Interesting, I think it is useful to have lots of tools that can potentially help definitely worth trying. Your reviews are always great Caz 🙂

InvisiblyMe July 9, 2022 - 8:28 am

I agree, the more tools out there for people to try the better. I’m really glad you like my reviews, Jen, that means a lot. Thank you! 🌻 xx


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