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Hello, I am new to this forum and I am impressed. I am a retired RN that has been a chronic pain patient for 20 years. I have a damaged r SI joint, Bulging discs at L4, L5 and S1, as well as Facet Syndrome, DDD, and spondylosis. I have had several lumbar medial branch blocks with very good results. I admit that I am too scare to have RFA done. Anyway something went wrong during my last MBB done 7 weeks ago. For the first 3 weeks I felt like I was lying on a tennis ball placed under my right lower back when i would lie on my back. My leg muscles would twich and pop, my toes would twitch and my whole right leg from my hip to the tips of my toes would burn and throb. It is believed that i had a large hematoma at the injection sites of the nerve block. OK, now it's been 7 weeks, the tennis ball feeling has resolved, but I still have pain in my right thigh, right foot, right toes that come and go. It's so weird! I never know from day to day, hour to hour, which part is going to be throbbing! The pain takes turns hitting a different part. I have trouble walking, standing and sitting. My lower back feels like a horse kicked it. Sorry for the long post, has anyone else experienced this kind of " traveling pain".



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  • thoracic spine painthoracic spine pain Posts: 566
    edited 08/05/2013 - 12:58 PM
    Hematomas can take several months to resolve. My partner was on Warfarin so I know all about them. He ended up in hospital for two weeks when one of our cows kicked him in the thigh. They can be very painful as I'm sure you know. I think it will resolve itself. In the old days they used to break them up by bashing them with a heavy book. Paw paw ointment is wonderful for this. It seems to break down the swelling and pain, it's not expensive and I would give it a try.

    Also one thing I was taught is that if you give injections very slowly you do not get swelling. I always ask them to inject slowly and don't end up with any swelling at all.
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