Edward Rubin, M.D.
Lidocaine is a potent pain relieving medication. Lidocaine works by calming nerve endings and slowing down the rate at which nerves are able to fire and activate. When given through an infusion, the lidocaine is delivered to receptors throughout the body, the spinal cord and the brain. As a result, the nervous system becomes less sensitive and the nerve endings quiet down to a less excitable state.
Lidocaine infusions have been used to treat pain due to complex regional pain syndrome, neuralgia (nerve pain), post-herpetic pain, chronic diabetic neuropathy, fibromyalgia, vascular headaches, centralized pain, or widespread pain.
Will Lidocaine Infusions help me?
Depending on the type of pain a patient is having; some patients say they feel immediate and temporary relief of pain during the lidocaine infusion. Other patients report they have continuous relief for one to four weeks after the infusion. Lidocaine Infusions can also be repeated several times to achieve pain relief with minimal side effects. Unlike opioids, lidocaine infusions are not habit forming.