nerve block

chezovitch Community Member November 20, 2008
  • Hi I'm having a nerve block/implant and wondered if anyone would share their experiences with me about it. I just don't know what to expect but must try it-will try almost anything to ease this pain.
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  • fibroannie
    Dec. 01, 2008

    I'm not sure I've had the block, but I have 10 needles inserted into the nerves in my

    lower back and electricity pulsed into them to burn which temporarily deadens the

    pain (about 5-6 months). It takes 2 drs and a radiology tech 1.5 hours, but I swear

    I wouldn't be able to walk without these treatments. I'm all for whatever takes this

    horrible pain away! Good...

    RHMLucky777

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    I'm not sure I've had the block, but I have 10 needles inserted into the nerves in my

    lower back and electricity pulsed into them to burn which temporarily deadens the

    pain (about 5-6 months). It takes 2 drs and a radiology tech 1.5 hours, but I swear

    I wouldn't be able to walk without these treatments. I'm all for whatever takes this

    horrible pain away! Good luck with your experience, Ann

  • Anonymous
    Amy
    Nov. 30, 2008

    I have had several nerve blocks.  Some have worked and some haven't.  The last one was a Nerve Root Block on the occipital nerve.  It has been very helpful.  The procedure itself was not bad.  They put an IV in my hand and then when I was in the procedure room the gave me some demerol and visterol or something to sedate me a little. ...

    RHMLucky777

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    I have had several nerve blocks.  Some have worked and some haven't.  The last one was a Nerve Root Block on the occipital nerve.  It has been very helpful.  The procedure itself was not bad.  They put an IV in my hand and then when I was in the procedure room the gave me some demerol and visterol or something to sedate me a little.  The needle went onto my neck to the third ON.  It wasn't painful really.  I have also had  blocks that were more close to the surface to the lesser ON's.  They were helpful at the beginning but became progressively less.   I have also had several in my neck and lower back.  All being very helpful. 

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    Anonymous
    Nov. 28, 2008

    do you have the wires inserted into your spine or into the nerve in the side of your leg? My Dr says that the one in your spine doesn't work well for foot pain so I'm thinking about having it put in the sciatic nerve in my leg so that it goes down to the pain in my foot. The controller for it will be surgically implanted into my calf of my leg. Please write...

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    do you have the wires inserted into your spine or into the nerve in the side of your leg? My Dr says that the one in your spine doesn't work well for foot pain so I'm thinking about having it put in the sciatic nerve in my leg so that it goes down to the pain in my foot. The controller for it will be surgically implanted into my calf of my leg. Please write back and let me know about yours.  LB in WI

    • chezovitch
      Nov. 28, 2008

      Hi

      The wires were inserted into my sciatic nerve at the back of my thigh last friday, the TENS machine did not work, so the wires were removed yesterday at the Hospital. It was a lot less painful to take them out! So unfortunately this did not work for me. As people (both patients and health professionals)  have stated, neuropathy is a notoriously difficult...

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      Hi

      The wires were inserted into my sciatic nerve at the back of my thigh last friday, the TENS machine did not work, so the wires were removed yesterday at the Hospital. It was a lot less painful to take them out! So unfortunately this did not work for me. As people (both patients and health professionals)  have stated, neuropathy is a notoriously difficult pain to treat, it can not be healed. But I would suggest that we all weigh up the pros and cons and make our own decisions. I tried it and would continue to try other methods if I thought it could help. But that's me. Thank you for responding and good luck. Chez

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    Anonymous
    Nov. 26, 2008

    Hi!

    I had nerve blocks done twice in the last  years for what my Dr calls Meralga Peristhtica (not sure on spelling) It is a pinched nerve on the groin and makes my leg burn whenever i walk or stand. I read on WebMD that it is caused by pressure or weight gain in the belly and the cautatious nerve is being pinched. The block worked for about 2 years the...

    RHMLucky777

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    Hi!

    I had nerve blocks done twice in the last  years for what my Dr calls Meralga Peristhtica (not sure on spelling) It is a pinched nerve on the groin and makes my leg burn whenever i walk or stand. I read on WebMD that it is caused by pressure or weight gain in the belly and the cautatious nerve is being pinched. The block worked for about 2 years the first time I had it done but I also lost all feeling in my leg for about 2 days. I had the second one done and it didn't last as long as the first one. It really did help, I didn't have pain in my leg until it began to wear off. I have my own hteory and my dr kinda agrees that the nerve can re-grow around the block. It seems to hurt worse after it re-grows. I hope it works for you, don't worry, if it works the way it did for me you will feel like you have never had pain at all!

    Good Luck!

    Nightstar

    • chezovitch
      Nov. 26, 2008

      thanks for your good wishes! I'm willing to try it, willing to try (almost) anything to get rid of this enduring pain. Can't stand, can't sit, can't walk properly, can't ski can't run down the mountains like I used to! those were the days. But I will try it and post what happens. (I'm going to look up your meralga perishtica too. Goodnight! It's 1.35 am here)...

      RHMLucky777

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      thanks for your good wishes! I'm willing to try it, willing to try (almost) anything to get rid of this enduring pain. Can't stand, can't sit, can't walk properly, can't ski can't run down the mountains like I used to! those were the days. But I will try it and post what happens. (I'm going to look up your meralga perishtica too. Goodnight! It's 1.35 am here)

    • chezovitch
      Dec. 01, 2008

      hey nightstar

      did your doctor really say the nerve could grow around the block? that's fantastic news. I thought the nerve could not grow back.

      Cheryl

  • Anonymous
    boogybuddy1
    Nov. 26, 2008

    I have had two, the first one was bad because the doctor didn't know what he was doing and that was back in the 80's. The last one was an answer to my prayers. Some time you have to have more than one to completely stop the pain but I only had one and that has lasted for more than 10yrs. The main thing about anything being done to your body is to be able to...

    RHMLucky777

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    I have had two, the first one was bad because the doctor didn't know what he was doing and that was back in the 80's. The last one was an answer to my prayers. Some time you have to have more than one to completely stop the pain but I only had one and that has lasted for more than 10yrs. The main thing about anything being done to your body is to be able to talk to your doctor. Ask questions and if he/she doesn't have time to answer them, find you another one that has the time you need.

     

  • Jobug
    Nov. 26, 2008

    I injured my back and was in so much pain that I would do anything for relief. I had the nerve block while I was waiting for the FDA to approve the artificial disc replacement. My block was in the area of L4-L5.

    They had me lay on my stomach on a table where they had an x-ray machine that allowed the doc to see exactly where the needle was going....

    RHMLucky777

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    I injured my back and was in so much pain that I would do anything for relief. I had the nerve block while I was waiting for the FDA to approve the artificial disc replacement. My block was in the area of L4-L5.

    They had me lay on my stomach on a table where they had an x-ray machine that allowed the doc to see exactly where the needle was going. The purpose is to put the medication as close to the nerve as possible without touching the nerve. They injected 3 different nerves. I felt a lot of pressure with the 1st 2 injections, much more than an epidural injection. But the 3rd injection hit too close to a nerve. It was like an electric current shot through me, down my hip and leg. I raised up off the table and screamed and cried out in pain. After the procedure they tried to move me to another bed, but my legs were numb and I couldn't stand. Within the hour the numbness wore off and my husband took me home. I was told to stay in bed a couple of days. While in bed, my legs would involuntary jerk and I had shooting, stabbing pain in both legs. I called my doc, he said to call him back in a couple of days if this didn't go away. It didn't go away. The jerking continued to move though out my entire body. That was in 2004, and I am still having jerks in my upper body. Not only do I have the back pain, I now have stress headaches due to the tension in my shoulders and neck. I have seen several neurologists and movement disorders doctors. I have even been to the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. All doctors agree the procedure caused my problem, however no treatment has been successful. I can't have my back surgery because the jerking will dislodge any hardware. I know all Nerve Blocks don't end this way. But you do need to know the risk involved. I wish I had not had it done.

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Nov. 26, 2008

    What is your condition, that you need a nerve block?

     

     

    • chezovitch
      Nov. 26, 2008

      because I have peripheral neuropathy in my feet, I'm on so many sedatives (which aren't working) and that this can only worsen. this is a result of my diabetes or my alcohol consumption many years ago, or even because of my smoking (I smoked for 30 years have been stopped for 4) so who knows.. anyhow. I currently have wires inserted into my sciatic nerve which...

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      because I have peripheral neuropathy in my feet, I'm on so many sedatives (which aren't working) and that this can only worsen. this is a result of my diabetes or my alcohol consumption many years ago, or even because of my smoking (I smoked for 30 years have been stopped for 4) so who knows.. anyhow. I currently have wires inserted into my sciatic nerve which I can 'plug in' to a TENS machine. I can't say it's helped much but after anothe visit to my london hospital (st thomas's) tomorrow I will know more. What are your experiences or knowledge of nerve blocks?