Ok so I have been using the Lidoderm Patch for a while now and am very pleasantly surprised with it and how very effective it is for me
I have an entrapped nerve ending in my abdominal wall that can be quite excruitiating- when it is at its worst and when there didn't seem to be many options before I used to think about sterilizing a knife on the stove and driving it in there and trying to cut it out. I figured even if I died in the attempt the pain would at least stop. I don't say this to be grim, just to give an idea of how bad it could be and how much it could affect me- I couldn't do anything when it got bad because any movement made it worse. And I would be on opiates and then needing to up the dose and so forth. I would get trigger point injections into the nerve ending that took the pain away but it would all come back and quicker and quicker and quicker. Then an anesthiologist suggested I give the patch a try. My primary care doctor had brought it up before but didn't think it would reach deep enough to work. So I tried and patch and it worked.
It works so well for me that if I use on a regular basis I have no abdominal pain or just a very dull pain. I really like that. No pain is good
and so is very dully pain. I can live with those. An adhesive patch is much easier to deal with too than oral opiates.
But my insurance doesn't quite understand the beauty of the situation. And they won't pay for the patch. The out of pocket expense on it can add up. And I am looking for studies so I can appeal my insurance decision (it covers my provigil with no hesitation (I'm narcoleptic)). But in the mean time I was wondering if anyone knew of another patch that might work? Or other type of product that was like the lidoderm patch? I figure I could try something that my insurance does cover if there is something...
I did try a bandage and the lidocaine ointment- not good enough and kind of messy.