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!!!