We have been having some positive responses to the application of lidocaine. I have often wondered why a person struggling from intractable hypnic jerking seems to show no evidence of jerking while under anesthesia. This article might explain why.
One facebook group member received injections of lidocaine and experienced a few days of relief from her jerking. She then experimented with 5% topical lidocaine and shared her success with others in the group. There are a handful of group members who have also had success with this. It seems that we might need to find appropriate areas to apply the lidocaine. According to the below article, we might best search for areas that have been scarred from trauma. Below is an excerpt from the article.
How does Neural Therapy work at a site of disturbance?
A German neurophysiologist, Albert Fleckenstein, demonstrated that the cells in scar tissue have a different membrane potential from normal body cells, functioning much like a 1.5-volt battery implanted into the body. Whenever a cell has lost its normal membrane potential, ion pumps in the cell wall stop working. This means that abnormal minerals and toxic substances accumulate inside the cell. As a result, the cell loses the ability to heal itself and resume normal functioning. Procaine acts on the cell wall to allow the ion pumps to resume normal action and restore the membrane potential. This is how Procaine and other agents used in Neural Therapy correct the bioelectric disturbance at a specific site or nerve ganglion. By re-establishing the normal electrical condition of cells and nerves, the disturbed functions are also restored to normality, and the patient returns to health as far as this is anatomically still possible. The amazing part of Neural Therapy is that the site being treated can be very far away for the tissue in the body that is not functioning properly. For example, a scar on the chin can affect the low back. This is possible because of the vast network of nerves called the Autonomic Nervous System.