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Stellate Ganglion injection administered by Pain Management

NeverPlanNNeverPlan Posts: 1
edited 08/23/2015 - 8:03 AM in Spinal Injections
I was given a SG injection a few days ago after my long struggle with left shoulder pain (MRI of the shoulder had findings of Osteoarthritis, Brusitis, and an inferior spur). All my doctors came together and diagnosed me with CRPS. I have an amazing team of doctors that include my pcp, neurologist, pain management, and pain psychologist.
To give you a background, I never know what it is to live without pain. I look at people and wonder what they feel like every morning as they wake up. At the age of 16, I had Guillan Barre Syndrome and was paralyzed for a year.
As time went on, I lived my life but always had a burning sensation all over but I honestly thought everyone lived like this...I didn't know any different. The older I got, the worse the pain and burning became.
About a year ago, I fell down some stairs and I do believe that is when the shoulder pain progressed. I told my doctors but they were convinced that I had to look at this is as a whole and not separate it from my neurological problems. I came to a point where I could no longer work and cried mostly every day.
I was finally given a shoulder MRI and like I said before, the findings plus the way my shoulder is inflamed and my arm is cold convinced the doctors to look at it separately. I was in the ER because my Neuro was concerned about blood clotting...it was negative. The ER doctor asked if I heard of CRPS...I said they are talking about it and she then with another doctor all confirmed this.
I had an appointment 2 days later to follow up with pain management and they took one look at my arm and a bunch of people with machines came in and I was put under and I remember before I fell asleep I told the anesthesiologist if I would be pain free when I woke up. They all watched me wake up and my arm began to feel warm...it was incredible.
Although the back pain and burning throughout my body is still present, my arm began to fall into place. I'm on day 3 after injection and the warm comes and goes. I'm keeping a log of my progression but will be getting 6 rounds of injections (one every week).

Has anyone had these injections with a great response due to CRPS and neurological disorders?


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