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russdrrussd Posts: 15
edited 12/20/2013 - 5:24 AM in Spinal Injections
So I got these C2/C3 joint injection and 3rd occipital nerve block shots yesterday. I didn't notice a decrease in pain...it's seemed to be steady or even slightly increased after the injection. Does it get better after a couple days?

I had C5C6C7 ACDF in Jan 2013, but had still been battling pain at the upper left side of my neck at the base of the skull. Since the pain is in a different location from where the surgery took place....my ortho/physio doctor/chiropractor feel that it's in the C2/C3 region. The pain is around a 3-4 (on scale of 1-10) but it's pretty constant all day and gets me depressed.


  • sandisandi Posts: 6,343
    edited 12/20/2013 - 5:37 AM
    Yes, it is quite common for the pain levels to flare up a bit for a few days post injection. It take a bit of time for the medications and steroid to work it's way into the tissue surrounding the area of inflammation and to work its magic.......
    It's good that the pain is at a lower level than it could be, but we all understand how unrelenting pain can effect us.
    Good luck
  • Yes, it's been a chronic issue for me...for whatever reason......and it was something I had pre surgery. I do sleep ok...seems to feel better when I lie down....it's when I get up...walk around...do activities.....that's when it starts to flare up. I'm sure my mind doesn't help matters...as I seem to focus on it too much. Just wish I could get it to go away.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,871
    Take a look at this Pain topic of the week Item #3 talks about Spinal injections. Also from there you will find formal medical links into the world of Spinal Injections.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
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