Anyone familiar with Lidocaine infusions?

One of the new gals on BF's Fibromyalgia site was asking if anyone has had any Lidocaine infusions, and if they had success. I have never heard of this, but it may be promising, I could stand a good 'numbing'!

Very interesting, and a WONDERFUL idea !

But in it's current forms, isn't it pretty short acting, and pretty localized (think dental-numbing)? It shows in that article that they are setting it up in the abdomen, but what if the pain is in your feet? And it's metabolized by the liver and kidneys, making it a little worrisome for long-term use. Even the topical Lidoderm patches are only worn for 12 hours, due to the risks. There are other anesthetics that are safer and longer-acting, I wonder why they aren't looking at those first?

Sorry, I don't mean to be negative, just thinking out loud.

I really hope this is an option for me, I can't wait to find out !!

Lidocaine infusions have been around for a long time and are generally considered experimental- insurance companies do not pay for them And you are right they only have a temporary effect and need to be repeated

No but I agree with you a good numbing would be a great thing right now. Unfortunately it would kill me too because I am allergic to lidocaine!

Hi Susan,

Thanks for bringing this onto the Lupus site as we also have fibro suffers such as yourself and Renie who should take good interest off the thread and about what Lidocaine is used for.

Well i know this if i got my legs numbed for just one day of relief i'd shout from the roof tops....any other good info which you think may help out Lupus or fibro suffers Susan and Renie bring it over to us as all info shared helps such alot.

Love Terri xxx