"Lidoderm lidocaine 5% patches" greatly helped my rib cage MS Hug pain. If not for these patches, I would have jumped.
Up to three patches can be worn at one time, 12 hours on, 12 hours off. The lidocaine works by DIRECTLY COATING the nerves under and near the patches. The lidocaine does not travel through the circulatory system so does not negatively affect the brain nor liver. There are no contraindications with other meds. No adverse side effects. No addiction issues. No worries.
Also, since lidocaine is NOT a narcotic, doctors will easily prescribe the Lidoderm patches; scripts can be written for 12 refills which is a year's supply @ 90 patches/month (3 patches/day for 30 days).
The patches are STRONG. The patches WORK FASSSST. The patches are LARGE! Three patches covers the areas of my worst rib cage MS Hug pain: The elephant stops crushing my chest, the knife stops stabbing me under my rib cage, the sharks stop biting my side, and the boa constrictor stops squeezing my rib cage.
Give your doc's office a call to ask if they will call in a script to your pharmacy--an appointment might not be necessary.