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Posted Mar 22 2013 3:24pm

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I wrote a post in March 2010 on lidocaine infusions being used for pain relief.

57 comments later and I am still getting people saying they have just had an infusion, and how good it was. Some seem to be available on the NHS and others seem to be given privately, which could me they are quite expensive.

Comments were from patients in London, Wales, Glasgow, Isle of Man, Canada and Australia.

Most found the lidocaine a great help for their pain, which is given as an infusion over a couple of hours in hospital.

It is written that it's used for neuropathic and chronic pain symptoms to help improve quality of life, as it does not have the same type of side effects as other opioid or analgesia.

When I wrote the last post on this it was not being used much in the UK at all, but it now seems to be available throughout the UK. But I can't help but think that the availability on the NHS could be a post code lottery availability. This seems a shame if the effect can be so significant for chronic pain sufferers.

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