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How can a selective nerve block NOT work??

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Spinal Injections
I have herniated dics at C5/6 and C6/7 and a bone spur pressing on my cord at C7. My pain is in my right shoulder (along the edge of my scupula) and arm, and I have migraines. I have received 2 ESI's - the 1st helped a little, the 2nd not at all. So yesterday I had a selective nerve block at C6/7, and that didn't work at all. I don't understand why not! I mean, if my pain is due to a compressed nerve, and the OS numbs that nerve, why do I still hurt? Could something else be causing the pain in my shoulder and arm?? And for that matter, how could an ESI NOT work, if it's supposedly reducing the inflammation? ~X(


  • I've never had one but wanted to say I'm sorry to hear it didn't work and totally understand your frustration. I'm in the same boat with the exact same pain due to herniations with those discs. When is your follow up appointment? I'm very curious as to why it would not work and what they'll be doing for you next. Have you been to physical therapy for it yet?
  • Maybe he did not get the right spot. THe injections are to see if you get relief If that works that might be all that is needed sometime like me it does not hold and the ablation is done. I would talk to your Dr. he or she is the best one to see what is next. I wish you luck.
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