Survivor since 2009
Great information Coco.
I saw a pain specialist who prescribed the lidoderm patch, though both my medical oncologist and my primary care nurse practitioner have said they would prescribe as well. It was the pain specialist who came up with the idea in the first place. I am on a very small dose now, 1/4 of a patch and I wear it for 12 hours per day. I know 2 years is a long time, but I was afraid I would never be pain free and have been pleased that progress and healing are possible even two years later. I kept moving back the vicodan dose, until I got pretty good relief from 1/2 vicodan plus one tylenol. Tylenol is no joke either, very hard on the liver. I was 2 years and 2 months out from the last day of treatment before I was able to give up all vicodan and tylenol and just use the patch.
Hang in there! I think only the survivors know the whole story on healing.