Steve, thanks for posting this. I believe that Lidocaine will prove to have enormous value to ALS patients. It's cheap and it's very safe compared to general anesthetics.
Note: I just now noticed that one of the medications that my wife received right before her neck surgery was Decadron, also known as Dexamethasone
. Dexamethasone is a powerful anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressant. Since ALS is accompanied by inflammation in the spinal cord and brain stem, it is possible that it could have contributed to my wife's spectacular recovery. A quick Google search reveals that there has been at least one report of remission attributed to this drug. I believe that ALS patients should experiment with anything that has the potential to improve their conditions. So, if you have ALS, see if you can get a prescription for Dexamethasone from your doctor. If not, try to obtain it anyway you can. You only have your life to lose and if breaking the law means that you survive this infernal disease, then, by all means, be an outlaw and be proud of it.