Lidocaine IV infusions to treat fibromyalgia
The pain management clinic I’ve just started going to is recommending these iv infusions. Apparently, you start by doing it weekly for 4 weeks. If it works for you, you need to do monthly ongoing. Has anyone heard of these or tried them?
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Hello. Although I have small fiber neuropathy, not fibromyalgia, I experience daily head to toe chronic pain. My neurologist recommended lidocaine IV infusions. I've learned the doseage is based on weight, I'm 120lbs and started at 600mg weekly for 4 weeks. I met with my Dr and told him that I sensed it was mildly lessening some areas of pain so I would continue to stick with it and he increased me to 750mg for 4 weeks. I'm half way into that dose and I'm in to win it so, will keep pursuing. My max dose will be 1000mg. Only time will tell if I get that far. I will say this…the one week I didn't have the infusion, my pain went from miserable daily pain to debilitating miserable daily pain. Therefore I will keep at it. Some days however, I wonder if my expectations are too high and I'm hoping for no pain at all. Wishing you luck as you navigate pain management.
@lioness, I also have had the Fibromyalgia diagnosis since the early nineties. Pretty sure I had it much earlier than that. Super Flare starred yesterday, and I thought I would stop by the "Chronic Pain" group and say hello.
Nothing new to share, really. Some days are so painful I consider it a success if I manage a shower. ALL the deep cleaning and yard maintenance falls to me now. My poor husband needs a hip replacement, but cannot have one. Too risky. He is not used to such pain. I feel so bad for him.
Of course, we are doing everything we can to investigate alternative ways of handling this situation.
I will ask about the Lidocaine next office visit with my PCP.
Keep hope alive!
@mamacita I know how you feel those flares wont let you do anything accept wait them out . Do everything you know but still doesn't help much does it. Perhaps you can hire someone for the yard work ? Tomorrow is a new day with a silver lining in it for you
Dearest @lioness, my Grandson will do anything I ask him to do, whether it be yard work or housework. He doesn't even ask for payment. He knows we all pitch in around our house.
Our riding lawn mower is broken, as is our manual push mower. Both need hauling to the repair shop. We have been having our neighbor next door do it. She is happy to do it, and can use the extra money. Nice how things work out, sometimes.
There are indeed silver linings. Everywhere we look, if we keep our eyes open.
Love and cyberhugs dear heart!
@mamacita Same to you cyber hugs friend