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Sphenopalatine blocks in the treatment of pain in fibromyalgia (FM) & myofascial pain syndrome

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By Janzen VD, Scudds R • www.ProHealth.com • October 20, 1997


Sphenopalatine blocks have been used to treat pain for more
than 80 years. Anecdotal support for sphenopalatine ganglion
blocks has been very strong in those who believe in the
technique, but the research results have been inconclusive.
Therefore, a double blind, placebo-controlled study was
performed on 61 patients, 42 with fibromyalgia and 19 with
myofascial pain syndrome. Pain was measured using visual
analogue scales prior to treatment, during treatment, and 28
days after the treatment. Headaches were evaluated in
frequency and location prior to and after treatment.
Sphenopalatine ganglion blocks were performed under direct
vision using 4% lidocaine and sterile water as a placebo.
Analysis of the results showed no statistical differences
between the lidocaine and the placebo groups.




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