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How did your cervical block work?

ellineellin Posts: 188
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:23 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Ok my dear friends. Tell me how this helped you or not. I am going in on Fri. for this and am scared. Had the back done and did not hold than the ablation. Back about 4-5 pain wise which is ok. I will be put out for this block so I will not feel anything but, think about the spinal cord their and if they work. All the info would help me. Thanks


  • Ellin,

    I had a block at C2-C3 and it knocked the pain down for an hour or so and then it came back. Was a diagnostic test prior to doing an RF Ablation there.

  • Pardon my ignorance, what is a block? I've had injections in my neck.
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  • A block can be either very target specific (a specific nerve) or a region (an area of nerves). A local anesthetic (lidocaine, ropivacaine, bupivacaine) is injected onto or near a nerve to provide temporary numbing or control of the pain either for hopes of calming the nerve or as a diagnostic measure to pinpoint a specific source of pain.

    So if the doc suspected a specific nerve as the source of the pain, then a block can be done to verify it.

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