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medial branch block

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:37 AM in Chronic Pain
I've had pain for many years now in my lower back. A little over two years ago I had a 2 level fusion of L4/5 and L5/S1. One level did not take and after fighting with my doctor and getting worse by the day I got a second opinion. Come to find out he said I would never fuse in that area without a revision. I had also been walking around with loose hardward and micro fractures in my sacrum area and around one of the screws. Needless to say the second doctor did the revision and I am was better than before. Solid fusion both levels and loss of leg pain. The new pain is worse and never stops. I'm over medicated and a recovering alcoholic of 4.5 years. It is hard for a person like me to take narcotics but it is now a necessary evil. I'm going in for a medial branch block next week in hopes of getting some releif. If that does not work we will try to take out the hardware which my doctors say could be part of the problem. All I can say is I am tired and very frustrated.


  • I am really sorry that you have joined the ranks of chronic pain sufferers. I have had good results from a medial branch block but the relief was very temporary. I am wondering, what type of pain meds are you on? Is it something that you take frequently throughout the day or are you on a long acting 1 x a day med? I suppose that either would be difficult while recovering from a disease such as alcoholism. I really can relate to the frustration and being tired of being cut, prodded and poked to no avail. You have found a great place to come to for understanding and support. Please keep us posted with your progress.
  • I too am so sorry to hear of your great pain. Please try to hang out around here and get to know some of these wonderful members. They can offer you so much support :)
    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
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