An intravenous infusion of lidocaine can provide pain relief to patients of fibromyalgia who are resistant to other more conservative treatments. A study conducted with 55 fibromyalgia patients found that the IV infusion provided significant relief, reducing the brief pain inventory scale score by an average of 10 percent. Though African-Americans were less responsive to the treatment, as well as smokers. It’s theorized that smokers are less responsive to the treatment because of impaired blood circulation or a higher amount of toxic chemicals in their blood.
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