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Monthly Lidocaine infusions helping!

Hello There,

I see some improvement and hope from my monthly lidocaine infusions at my pain mgt. center in Boston! They treat me wonderfully there. The lidocaine seems to calm down all my nerves and lessens a lot of the pins and needles. It also lessens the skin sensitivity and relaxes my aching muscles and some joints. It makes me very sleepy for the first couple of days, and I wish it lasted the whole month, but I welcome the relief. It is a less invasive way to try to keep the pain medication levels from increasing and hopefully decrease them!

I have had many injections in my neck for pain that started on 2005. I have had a medial branch block, and 3 RFA/ radiofrequency ablations or RFL (lesions) done to four levels of my neck. In 2010, after 5 1/2 years of going to one pain clinic complaining of severe neck pain and worsening back pain, I ended up in the ER. I woke up with what I now know is "dropped foot". I had emergency surgery for an intradural spinal tumor found at L1-L2. I am truly blessed that it was not cancerous. The neurosurgeon told us that pathology revealed that the tumor had been growing for five plus years or so. I have two lovely ladies that come help me daily, but independence is my goal.

Does anyone else get these treatments? Does it help you?

A BIG SHOUT OUT to any of my spiney friends who might remember me!!! :)

hugs, glo
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  • LizLiz Posts: 7,910
    edited 07/04/2012 - 8:15 PM
    It is good to hear from you again Glo, I have been thinking about you and wondering what was going on since your last post and message.
    It is good to see you are getting treatment which is making some improvements, although you have been going through a lot of horrible stuff too. I am so glad the tumour turned out to be non-cancerous, you are always so positive. I am sure you will reach your goal of independence before too long, but in the meantime take the help from your lovely ladies.

    Liz xx

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • So good to hear you are having a treatment that helps with your pain Glo. And.....good to hear from you!! Hang in there!

    Marianne
  • Thank you so much Liz and Marianne for taking the time to respond to my post. I also want to thank you for that warn welcome back and your best wishes. Now, I need to find out how you both are doing??????? (details welcome) I hope this finds you well! :)
    hugs,
    glo

    P.S. Do you find many people here on these infusions????
  • I am so very happy to hear their is a new option out there! Both my husband and my niece are going to be checking into this
    treatment. My husband has a central pain syndrome from a herniated disc that caused injury to his spinal cord; my niece has
    face pain. Any knowledge of this treatment being given in Florida?
  • So glad to hear there appears to be a new option out there and even better that it's working for you! My husband and niece have just recently heard of this treatment and we will be checking into it. My husband suffers from debilitating pain called Central pain syndrome from a previous herniated cervical disc that caused an injury to his spinal cord. My niece has face pain. Both of them have exhausted just about every option known up to this point and to learn of a possible new option is more wonderful than I can say. Does anyone know of this treatment being given in Florida?
  • This is actually very useful to me because my pain doctor recommended this to me. I have some questions but will PM you those.
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