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Thursday, August 21, 2008 Judy, Community Member, asks

Q: What is your opinion on treating severe neuroma foot pain with a Lumbar Sympathic Nerve Block?

I've had multiple surgeries on my feet for mortons neuromas and have not felt relief.  In fact, both of my feet feel 10 times worse now and I am in constant pain every minute of every day.  Sharp, stabbing pain, spasms as well as very painful clicking in my metatarsal bones every time I take a step.  I've received cortisone and alcohol injections, tried orthotics (although don't know if they were made properly), tried lyrica as well as ibuprofen.  Nothing has relieved the pain in the least.  I recently went to an orthopedist who sent me to a pain management specialist.  He is suggesting a lumbar sympathetic nerve block, which is a procedure where they insert a thin needle into my back near my spine using a flouroscopic x-ray to find out if the nerves in my back are causing my foot pain.  I've researched this procedure and I don't find much about this procedure being done for neuroma foot pain, so I'm not sure if I even want to do this.  Besides the fact that the doctor doesn't want to sedate me, which I've read that patients usually are, because he wants me to be coherent to see if the pain is persisting during the procedure.  The only other option I can think of that might help me is to see an accupuncturist or a chiropractor. Please let me know what you think.  Thanks much!

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By Judy, Community Member— Last Modified: 09/06/11, First Published: 08/21/08