Anyone ever get Lidocain injection for pain?
I got 2 Lidocain shots today at the ER. One in my shoulder and one behind my ear. This was my first time ever getting them and the ER, well they weren't very professional. I am concerned because 5 - 6 hours later and my arm is still numb. I tried calling the ER but they do not take questions over the phone. My personal doctor is closed for the week (yes I said week, turned Labor day into Labor week, weird huh?). Anyone know if this is normal?
Lidocaine is usually used as a numbing agent used to numb a particular area of the skin. For example if you have a skin tag or two, usually the Doctor will inject the area with a needle with Lidocaine in it.
Than proceed to remove a skin tag for example, with a laser device in the exam room. But usually a combination of capsaicin and menthol,in a topical cream or pain patch called Aleveer patch.
But in the case of the Lidocaine shots you received for pain, I really never heard of Doctors using Lidocaine to use fo eliminating pain, except as a numbing agent, in the scenario I just wrote in the beginning of my post here.
However there are also Lidocaine patches and topical ointments containing this ingredient, which I would think would be a bit safer introduced this way, than by injecting it with a needle.
The pain and stiffness of the muscles they injected into were causing me to be unable to move the entire right side of my body. They claimed it would numb the pain and relax the muscle, which it sort of did, but numbness is lingering longer than told
Like Jlbowden, I have the understanding that lidocaine is typically used for numbing and not for pain or relaxation of muscles. I got it when I had a skin biopsy done within the last few months to test for Dermatitis Herpetiformis, a VERY itchy rash caused by an intolerance to gluten. Having numbness 5-6 hours later is nuts, I say go back to the ER or see if the company running that hospital has a nurse line. It also should be kept in mind that some people's bodies rid themselves of various medications sooner than others. Nevertheless, I hope your numbness has gone away by the time my answer is posted.
Oh peeples - so sorry to hear of your situation! I had a Lidocain shot after surgery for cancer but don't remember numbness of this sort. My suggestion is if this numbness is around in the morning you get yourself to the emergency room. Wishing you all the best and please keep us posted! Hugs
Peeples, I used to get a lidocaine/cortisone mix injection when I had an excruciating migraine. I got blessed relief for 8 hours or more. If they are injecting to alleviate existing pain and not to just numb an area, I would say that you should be numb for at least that long. My primary care doc administered these. Whenever I had to go to the ER with a migraine, they shot me with demerol. I much prefer the lidocaine because it lasts longer. I don't think I would be concerned unless it lasts 12 hrs. or more.
I'm sorry that you are in the type of pain that calls for an injection of this medication, but I am thankful that they gave you something to relieve the pain.
Ok Thank you. I did have a minimal amount of numbing this morning but it has gone away now so I guess I shouldn't be concerned. Thanks for the info. I wish the ER would have thought to tell me.
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