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Stellate Ganglion Block for RSD any others ?

frenchfriffrenchfri Posts: 325
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:01 AM in Spinal Injections
I went for the Stellate Ganglion Block which is supposes to stop the sympathetic nervous system (SNS)to stop misfiring (I think). It was used as a diagnostic tool to see if in fact I have RSD. It was done with light sedation. No pain! After the injection, 30 minutes later the color and temp changes were amazing.The reddish was pretty much gone and my fingers and left hand resumed to a natural color and the temperature went from ice cold to average. Amazing! So they feel that I do have RSD. They recommend a series of blocks as there is a cumulative effect. I go back to the pain management dr on Tuesday. I was a bit groggy when I was talking to him so I want more clarification. From what I recall only 1x a month he preforms injections on a Saturday otherwise it is on a Friday. Any one else every have a SGB for RSD or any other nerve pain? Of so, what were your results? How long did it take to see some long term results?
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  • Hi there,
    I went in for my first of 3 planned injections today. So, I am sorry, but I do not have any experience to share about how it will work, but I am so very hopeful!
    Last year I had 2 spinal surgeries, one cervical and the other a lumbar both fusions. At this point the surgeon does want to do the SIjoint fusion, but I understand from the PM doc that another surgery will only cause me a dramatic increase in this already incredibly painful arm, so I am hoping to postpone.
    I was given sedation and gratefully don't remember a thing. I had a very hoarse throat and some difficulty swallowing. The side of my face is still a bit numb, but the neck is now quite sore.
    I have had less pain in the arm and the temperature of it has gotten a bit warmer. I am hopeful!

    My doctor is planning on doing another in 2 weeks and then another to follow initially. Depending upon the results we will develop a longer plan.

    I hope you have great results. Please keep in touch and let me know how it goes for you. I will do the same.

    take care
    Bonnie
  • I am going for my 2nd SGB on Friday. They performed the block from the back rather than the front which is what I had expected. I did not have any negative side affects and the entire procedure was quite short. I was given conscience sedation and don't remember anything either. Mine was in the cervical on the left side. My left hand returned to a natural color and temperature about 30 minutes after the block. Wish the results had lasted longer, but still promising. My cervical surgery was 12/2010 ACDF C5-6 C6-7.
    Let me know how you are doing.
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  • I hear they give these to post menopausal women with severe sweating in menopause. Anyways just something I read about. I hope it helps you both. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • I had neck fusion surgery & I have permenantly damaged sensory nerves in my left arm due to malpractice in the operating room. I have had 32 blocks since. 3xs a week. They are only a temporary relief of pain. No one seems to know the long term effects. I do know that since I've had them I have trouble swallowing and I choke alot. Bread, pizza, etc. Hard to swallow. If I had to do it over I would not have ever done them. I have severe pain in my left hand and fingers so I was looking for any relief. I will always be in pain but the muscles on the left side deteriorate after so many sessions of parallysis which is caused by the blocks.
  • I had my SGB done from from the back not the front. I did not have any issues after the block. At this point I have had 3 of them spaced out 2 weeks apart. I was hoping to have 3 one week apart, but the office is closed next Friday. So I can't get them closer together to see if the results last longer. How have you been doing?
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  • I also have the same nerve blocks weekly. I am not sure why you are left with paralysis. I am able to use my hand as before. The one I had yesterday was the first to cause me to choke. Does your Dr use xray when he does the procedure? If not maybe you should get a new Dr. I had a Dr who didnt use xray either and now that I have a better Dr I realize how dangerous it was to be going to the other one!! The Block should stop the pain not the use of your arm and/or hand. If you are choking every time, he is doing it wrong every time. He is spilling meds on your vocal chords the nerve that surrounds them, not a good thing, he must be hitting another wrong nerve to be causing you paralysis. I urge you to seek another Dr. I have been dealing with RSD for a several years and have been having these blocks for over a year. You need to realize how good you can feel from the relief of pain that comes with them! I wish you weren't going through this! Please let me know if you can change Dr and get better relief. Go to some web searches and see that what you experience is rare not normal for this type of block. I hope You find someone in your area who will help you! I KNOW this pain is really bad.
  • Was just reading your posts. Wondering about your blocks and if they are working better. I have blocks every week now. They will later space them out to once a month when they are lasting longer. Mine are done from the front with x-ray guide. I am not sedated at all and there is still very little pain. I have great success! Since Dr uses xray he never misses. I have had a time where he got the nerves around the vocal cords. It lasted a couple of hours before I could drink without choking but that was worth it to be able to have a warm hand and arm no pain! Hope it went well.
  • Hi, In reference to the SGNB... Does your Dr perform from the front or the back. Mine did front he back with fluoroscope for guidance. He said that it was safer. I have had the blocks every other week due to both of our schedules. How long do they help your symptoms? Thanks
  • Hi, In reference to the SGNB... Does your Dr perform from the front or the back. Mine did front he back with fluoroscope for guidance. He said that it was safer. I have had the blocks every other week due to both of our schedules. How long do they help your symptoms? Thanks
  • Hi, In reference to the SGNB... Does your Dr perform from the front or the back. Mine did front he back with fluoroscope for guidance. He said that it was safer. I have had the blocks every other week due to both of our schedules. How long do they help your symptoms? Thanks
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