Hypogastric Plexus Block

Pete Health Guide
  • As some of you may know from my posts, I have pretty severe pain if I empty completely when voiding. Having the ability to empty completely would help with my history of chronic UTIs, not to mention a certain "unmentionable" pain, which also occurs.


    My urologist suggested a referral Pain Clinic (interestingly, Vanderbilt does not have one), which I have done.


    The clinic has put me increasing doses of Lyrica, which is somewhat sedating and has some GI side effects. If it does not help significantly, the next step is a hypogastric plexus (don't know which one, superior or inferior) nerve block, which may bring complete relief, although only temporary. Not sure exactly what it involves, except some 6" needles in my back.

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    Anyone had this done? If so, did it work for you, and is there any side effects?

Published On: May 12, 2008