I'm new here and looked for but did not find anything about Lidoderm/lidocaine patches. I use them for bilateral torn rotator cuffs and hand and wrist pain due to wheeling a manual wheelchair for 25 years. I also have a herniated disk at L5 and have used them for that as well. When the disk acts up it causes constant terrible burning, crushing pain in my phantom lower leg as I am a right above knee amputee.
I had a series or cortisone injections in my back over a period of 2-3 years that finally stopped working. On the way home from the pain clinic after being refused an injection because the last one hadn't helped, I twisted hard to my right and bent over at the same time while sitting in the driver's seat of my van to look at my grandson who was sitting behind me and must have squeezed the disk back into place because the pain stopped that night and hasn't come back since except for mild episodes. When it does I do the same motion to make it go away.
Anyway, the purpose of this post is that recently, the FDA determined that Lidocaine patches are approved only for shingles. Therefore Medicare and Medicare advantage insurance will no longer cover lidocaine patches which are prohibitively expensive, $250 or more for a box of 30.
I just filed a complaint with the ADA for discrimination against those in this country who are being refused the Pain Medication they need for their quality of life. Here is the link for anyone who wishes to file a complaint for any medication or other treatment they have been refused:
Just use the search facility .. There are scores and scores of threads/posts that talk about Lidoderm/Lidocaine patches. How to use them, problems with them, generic brands etc.
I just picked up 2 boxes of Lidoderm patches. No problem with insurance. Diagnosis, use for chronic pain
-- Ron DiLauro , Spine-Health System Moderator 12/09/15 09:22