Good day all, reading these posts are so helpful to me. Thanks everyone for sharing. I suffer from intercostal nerve damage from the many thoracic surgeries Ive had. Also have degenerative discs & RA in upper spine. I get lidocaine infusions every 2-3 months which helps very much with my nerve pain. I've had these problems for 3 years. I see a Nuerologist & pain specialist every 2 months. Beside the infusions I take 300 mgs Gabapenten 3 × day, 5 mg diazipam as needed (usually before bedtime) 30 mgs Oxycontin 2 × a day & 10 mgs oxycodone for breakthrough pain. This combination has helped me to regain my life but Im very concerned because every 6 - 8 months the horrible pain returns. Then my Dr will increase my meds & lidocaine infusions (increase the doses). I am just so uncomfortable with the higher dosages. I wonder if this will ever end? I am grateful for the pain relief, yet frightened that my doses will keep increasing to what end? I have discussed this with my Dr. Ideally the relief I get from the lidocaine infusions will last much longer & I will stop having to have my dosages increased and possibly start to lower them. I have two friends who also got the lidocaine infusions. They both said that it took about one and a half years of infusions and then their pain dissapeared. Both pain free for over 2 years now & take no more pain meds. I realize everyone is different but Im still frightened about the dose increases. I am truly grateful that I can now function but Im still worried about my meds.. Ive been getting the infusions for one year now and my Dr says I'll probally need just two more until my pain is 85 percent gone forever. I apologize for such a long post but I now feel so much better to get this worry off my chest. Thanks everyone for letting me vent.