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Nerve Block

I am supposed to go have a Nerve Block at L5-S1. Iam scheduled to have a Nerve Block at L5-S1 Nov. 1st. I have already had an MRI and seen a Dr at the Spine Center. He has already said he will do a Lamenectomy now if I wish.

The Pain Clinic I have been going to for years for another reason wants me to have a Nerve Block but I have heard they are extremely painful, and also its not going to fix the issue for good.
Can anyone here tell me how Painful a Nerve Block is at L5-S1? Iam trying to decide weather to go ahead and have the laminectomy the Spine Surgeon has offered after looking at my MRI, or if I should try the Nerve Block first.

I have been having bad pain all the way down my right leg from the end of my spine.

I have heard the Nerve Block will be very painful. Someone tell me if it is very Painful. I want to know before I decide.



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    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • When I was having mine done the Doc continued to tell me it was a "No Jump Zone". And yes it was painful. Hopefully you never have to have a Discogram!
  • I am anxious about this topic as well the dr wants to do a nerve block and if that helps he wants to cauterize those nerves. I just got that info yesterday. Let me know if you hear anything more.
  • lonesomedove51, I had a Nerve Block and was given a local anesthetic. Then the nerve block, maybe 45 seconds of pain level 5 or 6. Compared to what I had been experiencing in pain, that felt like no big deal. Everyone is different and their reasons for getting a Nerve Block are different. Mine was to try and make it to surgery. I was in such excruciating pain from an impinged L4 nerve root and was headed to surgery but couldn't get there soon enough. The nerve block only lasted 4 days though, and I ended up on hydrocodone anyway. Now....the month before that, I had a completely different experience with an Epidural Steroid Injection.
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