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Q: Nerve Blocks

Hey there!

 

Has anyone had Nerve blocks done in the back of the head?  If so, how do you like them, how long did it keep your headach away, and would you recommed it?

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phxsunshine, Community Member
9/ 5/09 5:30am

I get Nerve Blocks, No problems as of yet. The first one I had I really didn't see much of a change but the second set I did it lasted about 2 weeks. I get them on both sides my specialist said you have to do both side to be effective.  They  do hurt some but not that bad not to get them. You can only have them every two weeks too. And my dr after 3 seriods injection he just does the next set with numbing meds instead. I hope you luck with yours keep us posted.

Kelly

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Rhea, Community Member
9/ 3/09 9:33pm

I have had a few of them.  I was told they only worked if they did them in both sides.  They stopped a good deal of the pain I have in that area for about 2-3 weeks and then it was somewhat better for the rest of the month.  My insurance did NOT cover them (even tho the Md told me they would) and I was left with a hefty bill ($350.00 per injection...so $700.00 per month!!!).  I stopped getting them and now, 7 months later, I have large "divets" in that area in the back of my head.  No one has heard of this being a side effect, but I know I haven't done anything else in that area.  I believe the pain I have in my suboccipital muscles is MUCH worse than it was prior to these injections.  Good luck and if you do them, I hope you have a better experience than I did. (Please check your insurance first, my company told me it was an "experimental" treatment!)

Colleen

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Lisa S, Community Member
9/ 3/09 10:42pm

Thank you for the follow up.  I will check about the Divets.  I have had two injections so far they have lasted 2-3 week each also.  Have a greart day

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TXmigrainmom, Community Member
9/ 4/09 5:14pm

What are diviets? I feel sore there and it is tender since then. I also had 2 nerve lbock injectins along my right side and it seems like when I get a migrain the back of my right head is sore, by where they injecyed the shot. I also had horrilbe headaches afterwards and I did not notice a big differnce. I was going to do cryogenics where they freeze some nerves or something , but lost my insurance so maybe that was a good thing.

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Lisa S, Community Member
9/ 5/09 1:41pm

Wow, freezing the nerves.  Now that is not something we talked about.  We have talked about heating up the meds and buring the nerves.  (by the way sorry for any misspelled words).  It scares me, but he has been doing this for ten years and has had great success with it.  He has myself and another patient that are in the same boat.  We seem to be getting the same treatment.  We even past each other on treatment day, LOL.  We make jokes about it.  It makes me feel better mentally, but not physically.  That was not said right.  It makes me feel good to have someone to talk to not that someone is in the same pain or going through the same ups and downs.  Have you tried anything else since the injections?

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TXmigrainmom, Community Member
9/ 6/09 10:05am

Don't worry about the misspelling, I am bad also. Thank goodness for spell check, but even then I make mistakes or say things kinda not right. I have that I get so fuzzy headed with migraines. I am glad that you have another person to talk with when you do this. It really is nice to be able to talk with someone who is going through the same procedure so that each one understands. You do not feel so alone. I am glad that I have found this site, cause I can ask questions or see what others have asked, it has been a huge help.

I am not sure if they heated anything. I have since lost the paperwork on what the procedure was called that did. Basically some alcohol was rubbed on the skin and then a needled with some kind of fluid was injected, (they was some numbing this before it went in all the way. It felt weird, because my right side was numb right after. But the horrible horrible headaches came so after 2 I did not want to do anymore, especially because it did not work. I used to have relay great insurance, so I am not sure how much the shots were. Thanks for answering back.

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trble57, Community Member
9/ 6/09 11:02pm

HI,

I'M NANC, AND I HAD A NERVE NUMBING 10 YEARS AGO. I DON'T NO IF NUMBING IS THE SAME AS A NERVE BLOCK, BUT I WAS AWAKE DURING THE PROCESS. MINE ONLY LASTED 10 DAYS, AND THEN THE MIGRANES WERE BACK. I HAD TRIGGER SHOTS ON THE TOP RIGHT SIDE OF MY HEAD, FOR 6 WEEKS, AND THAT DIDN'T WORK. I DON'T WANT TO DISCOURAGE ANYONE FROM THIS BECAUSE THEY DO WORK, AND HAVE HAD

REALLY GOOD RESULTS. MY INSURANCE DID TAKE CARE OF THE BILLS, IT WAS WORKERSCOMPENSATION, DON'T NO IF REGULAR HEALTH INSURANCE WILL PAY, SORRY! I NOW AM WITHOUT INSURANCE, LOST MY JOB, CAN'T KEEP A JOB, FILED FOR DISABILTY,  JUST THIS YEAR. I WAS ONCE A VERY INDEPENDENT PERSON, PROUD OF MYSELF, BUT NOT ANYMORE. I HAVE MY DOGS WHICH KEEP ME SANE. I HOPE SOMEONE CAN HELP YOU OUT, I REALLY LIKE THIS SITE BECAUSE THERE IS A LOT OF INFORMATION HERE, WITH PEOPLE WHO  REALLY CARE.

THANKS

LIFE GOES ON

LOL

NANC

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Lisa S, Community Member
9/ 7/09 2:05pm

Thanks for your feedback.  I really appretiate any and all information I can get together.  It helps me make informed decisions.  Its hard when there are so many drugs, treetments, and herbal treatments out there.  I have had this one for over a month now.  My longest has been three months without relief.  I had to start seeing a talk therapist (who is awesome) to help deal with the mental and soul portion of this.  The physical, well you all know, is tolling on my body.  I have been going to school to be a paralegal to get out of my current job (which cause more of its fair share of headaches lol).

 

I go in on Wednesday (9/9) to get my heated nerve blocks.  I'm looking forward to it.  I want to see how long this one last and if it really does work.  Hopefully nothing else comes up.  Have you ever lost vision??

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trble57, Community Member
9/ 7/09 2:57pm

hi lisa,

is this your first nerve block? and no i haven't had any lost vision, but have some blurry vision from time to time. the nerve block isn't to bad you dont feel it, i was amazed to was this process as they did it, but thats your chose. just remember to have someone go with you, you won't be able to drive for awhile until the meds get out of your system.  good luck, and lst us no how it went.

 

nanc

lol  

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Debbie, Community Member
9/ 8/09 11:48am

Hi Lisa, I get shots in the front of my head, by my eyebrows, and in the back of my head.  My head is numb and of course I don't have any pain.  My head will feel like a bowling ball that is numb.  This last about six hours for me, and that is all it does for me.  My Dr. does it mainly so I can drive my 5 hours home from my appt.  I have had no success in it lasting longer then that.  I know that it has helped quite a few people, but I am not one of them.  I am just thankful for the time without pain.  I hope this may help some, hugs & prayers Debbie

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Lisa S, Community Member
9/ 8/09 4:52pm

Thank you ten times over for your feedback.  I know about the painfree time.  I love that time myself.  I just wish there was more time for me.  Sometimes I think the needles are better than the headach, LOL. Laughing  Is that a bad thing?  My dr and I laugh about it.  Sometimes I just want to go in just to have the needles put in.  I hope for all of us to see a peaceful day without pain, I'm hoping.

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kdnewton, Community Member
9/ 8/09 2:38pm

I have had two sets of nerve blocks and they helped relieve a lot of pain that had been stemming from the base of my skull, right at the top of my neck, a HUGE contributing factor in my migraines.  I may or may not have them again, as I still have migraines, but not as severe as before.  I can definitely say they helped lessen the overall number and intensity of my migraine attacks.  Each person has different levels of tension in their neck, back and head, but this worked for me.  One of my biggest triggers used to be neck tension, both BEFORE and AFTER a migraine attack.  Hope this helps!

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Lisa S, Community Member
9/ 8/09 5:04pm

Thanks it does.  This site helps.  Thank you all!

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kdnewton, Community Member
9/ 8/09 6:51pm

The support this community gives us is as important as all medicines and therapies we use to feel better, and we have to commit to educating the "rest" of the general public about this condition--got to stick together through it all to make progress.  Yeah for Cindy McCain!  Kudos to Marcia Cross and other celebs who are helping get the word out.  It takes the rich and famous to get people to pay attention most of the time in this country, but there it is.  Hang in there!

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By Lisa S, Community Member— Last Modified: 03/10/14, First Published: 09/03/09