Lidocaine infusions

Lidocaine is a numbing agent; for some patients, intravenous injections of lidocaine minimize whole-body pain by numbing the nerves which are causing discomfort. In some cases, our office offers this method of pain relief to patients who suffer from Fibromyalgia, central neuropathic pain, including spinal cord injuries, and some cases of Causalgia.

The procedure takes between one and two hours and patients should be prepared to remain at the office for observation for up to one hour after the procedure is complete. Patients should be accompanied by an adult who is capable of driving; the patient will not be permitted to drive for a minimum of three hours after the procedure.

During and after the procedure the patient may experience temporary side effects such as dizziness, slurred speech, drowsiness, visual changes, numbness around the lips and ringing in the ears. High risk complications may include seizures, changes in blood pressure and heart arrhythmias, but these complications are very rare. Most side effects will dissipate within an hour of the treatment. If the patient finds relief with these injections, they can be repeated every three to four weeks.

We offer lidocaine infusion for patients suffering from CRPS (RSD, causalgia), and fibromyalgia.




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