I've started injecting my neck, shoulders and back where C3-C7 innervates, daily. I use (or get help to use) insulin needles to inject 18ml of 2% (180mg total) of ropivavaine, one ml at a time, at multiple points in any muscle that hurts. This is about 20-30 points for me. This includes 'trigger points' as well as equal points along the entire muscles to achieve total numbing.
The result is that I feel no pain. My chronic pain goes on vacation for 12-24 hours.
Seriously, this lasts for between 12-24 hours. The pain of injecting is not a problem compared to dealing with pain all the time. Ropivacaine is pretty safe for this kind of thing - it is engineered to not be cardiotoxic like bupivacaine. Prior to this i was injecting lidocaine, but having to repeat every 2-3 hours was tiresome at best.
Once we finish injecting, I am NORMAL again, for the first time in a year. ALL DAY!
To me, this seems a revolutionary treatment for chronic pain. Why am I the only one doing this? Why aren't doctors prescribing this just like insulin for diabetics? We can block our own pain! We can cure our symptoms, one day at a time!
I am not a doctor, but I am doing this treatment, and it is giving me my life back. I got a JOB! I could not work before, but I got a part time telecommute job because of daily IM ropivacaine.
I'm posting this here because I don't know where else to post it. I wish I could post it in a medical journal. This is the way forward. There is no tolerance. A few little pin pricks and your pain will melt away all day.
Can you imagine? Its like Christmas morning as a child
I am not a doctor, and you should not try this at home without consulting a doctor. But there are doctors who prescribe lidocaine for this purpose. So there must be some who will prescribe ropivacaine too.