Nerve Block after Microdisctomy

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Nerve Block after Microdisctomy

Hello everyone, Would you be so kind and give me any info in your wealth of experience that may help me make a decision. I had a microdisctomy on May 13th, everything went o.k. but I developed nerve pain post-op. I couldn't take neurotin or lyrica because of serious side effect so my surgeon ordered a new MRI, it came back with no compressions and no additional surgery required. He suggested a nerve block, and would like to have it scheduled. I am not familiar with nerve blocks and although I could do some research on it, however, I choose to ask my friends here on the message board to give me the straight and honest scoop from there own experience. Thanking you in advance!

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I am sorry to hear you are

I am sorry to hear you are in pain. I am 7 weeks post op L5S1.

Apparently that nerve pain can stay around for a while. Mine is only just going now, and if i drive i regret it afterwards.

Try the nerve block (usually they try this before surgery though?).

My experience - it hurt like hell and i would NEVER do it again. BUT , it didnt work to give relief, so i am sure i would do it again if it gave relief. Dr said its 50/50 as to whether it helps you or not.

My best advice - make sure they give you some strong pain relief before they do it. (Sorry - maybe others have some better experiences for you). It does hurt - but if it works its worth it.

All the best, let us know how you go.

rosa (not verified)
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nerve block

Serenity:

I've had probably 10 or 12 nerve blocks. For me, the pain of having them was minimal - less than having dental work and the few pains I had lasted only a few seconds. I have an excellent PM doc, at a major hospital in NYC, so that helps. I always found tremendous relief for up to 3 months from each block. Now that I've had surgery, which seems to have failed (more pain in legs now than before the laminectomy) I will probably be going back to my pain doc for nerve blocks. You can have up to 3 a year.

I would go for it - and don't be afraid of the pain. They give you local anesthetic and you feel some pressure, and maybe a really quick jolt of nerve pain - but it is NOTHING compared to the ongoing pains every day - at least to me...

Good luck! Rosa

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see!!! i told you there

see!!! i told you there would be some great reports for you as well Smile

Hawk (not verified)
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I agree 100% with Rosa!

I agree 100% with Rosa!

serenity (not verified)
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Thank you everyone

I so appreciate your information regarding the nerve block. I had it on Friday July 25th and I am three days post injection. The procedure went smoothly and only minimal pain from injection site. The second day I had facial flushing, my face was really hot and red and a mild headache, reaction to cortizone. The third day I have less facial flushig and I am awaiting relief of some sorts. I was told it takes a while for it to "kick in" its a slow process getting absorbed and it can differ with everyone. I would be so very happy if it made a difference, right now I am hopeful!!!!! Thanks again for your imput

serenity (not verified)
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update on nerve block after microdisctomy

I wanted to update what I have been going through since my nerve block July 25th. I was very hopeful it would make a difference, it did not. After three days post nerve block, my pain increased, I had more foot and leg pain that had subsided earlier, all my pain became more intense. I don't know what happened, I am not sure how common it is for the pain to get worse after the injection. They scheduled me for a second injection and I said, "no way." It is very difficult to have your hopes crushed, I at the very least thought my pain would remain the same, was not prepared for it getting worse. Now I am more confused then ever. Right now I am going to sit tight and hope for the best, hoping my pain will decrease in time after the injection. Thank you for listening, I wish I had better news to report.

treefrog (not verified)
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Did Dr. say why 2nd injection?

Thanks for the update. Did the doctor say why they wanted to schedule a 2nd nerve block? I would think that if one didn't work, another one wouldn't either, but maybe that's not true.

Sorry that it didn't work. And especially sorry that the pain has gotten worse. Did the doctor say why that is?

I am having nerve block next Tuesday 8/12, and I am hopeful at this point too. It's hard not to be hopeful, but I know this may not be the answer. I just hope my pain doesn't get worse because of it.

serenity (not verified)
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I declined second nerve block

Smile Hi Cathy, I am sorry I forgot to mention that the second nerve block was set up on the same day as the initial one I had, I have made the choice myself not to have it. I had a appt with my doctor this past monday and decided not to go. It is a fairly long ride and I just didn't have it in me to go. I am at a point where I had to make the decision myself considering the outcome. I know that a second injection is out of the question for me,
however, going in to see him I knew deep in my heart I would be getting some kind of injection and I just wasn't going to do it. Cathy I believe I am one of those rare persons that the epidural just didn't work. I have alot of intolerances to alot of medications. I hear such good outcomes from others who have had them, and I know you will be one of those folks. I had to rule it out because somewhere, somehow a epidural was going to be in my future, at least now I know. I wish you the very best in your outcome Smile