Common Anesthetic May Help Relieve Chronic Migraine

A new study from Thomas Jefferson University in Woodbury, U.S., finds that intravenous administration of such a common anesthetic as lidocaine could help relieve pain in patients suffering from hard-to-treat chronic migraines.Common Anesthetic May Help Relieve Chronic Migraine

In the study, the researchers analyzed medical records of 609 refractory chronic migraine patients admitted to the Jefferson Headache Center. All hospitalized patients received continuous intravenous infusions of lidocaine as well as other migraine treatments, such as magnesium, methylprednisolone, ketorolac, and neuroleptics.

The researchers assessed pain intensity using a 10-point self-report scale, where 10 points marked the highest and 0 marked free from pain. The patients received lidocaine infusions for around 5–7 days resulting in a decline in the average pain ratings from 7 at the time of hospitalization to 1 at discharge.

Having analyzed the received data on pain intensity, the study authors concluded that around 88% of patients showed a reduction in pain ratings by at least 2 points during the hospitalization period.

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