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Stellate Ganglion Block for RSD any others ?



  • My Dr does mine from the front with floroguidance. They last about a week so far. It is amazing because my hand gets warm immediately! I have bone pain now and it doesn't help that much but the nerve pain it helps a LOT!! It is amazing in fact. My hand has been cold and in pain for almost 3 years. I can hold my grandsons hand now. That makes me happy!!
  • susabellssusabell Illinois Posts: 241
    I layed on my back and the PM Dr. used an ultra sound and fluroscopy x-ray. I was awake during the procedure. He took his time, and used the Ultrasound for along time along my throat and neck. He found the nerve he needed to put the Medicine into he said the nerve was in the exact spot it should be hiding behind many blood vessels. The only pain I felt was from the injection of the medicine, he explained everything that was going on, again this was done thru the front of my neck on my right side, I had this procedure done because on 11/27/12 I had a RFA and after that procedure I had Burning Nerve pain and pins and needles in my right arm and right hand. After the SGB my throat was very soar, and I had 8 hrs of horner syndrome. When I woke up this morning my right eye was better, and I am just experiencing neck pain and a soar throat. My right hand and arm does Not feel like it is on Fire, but I still feel the pins and needles. Dr. said to call him on Monday, and that if this gives me relief I will have 2 more blocks, as if they help he does a series of 3. Time will tell what the outcome will be, I hope everyone else on this post is doing better!

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  • I was JUST diagnosed with RSD in my right foot after multiple spinal injuries. I was reading about this nerve block. Are you guys still getting them or have you been cured? PLEASE tell me!
  • is a complex neuro disorder, effecting the sympathetic nervous system.. I had it after a shoulder reconstruction, gone wrong and it spread to my arm, elbow, fingers, and hand as well as the entire shoulder.
    Temperature changes, hypersensitivity to what are normally non noxious stimuli, clothing , a sheet, touch, the breeze, etc....someone walking across the floor was enough to send me over the edge pain wise....a sheet and clothing were horrific if they came into contact with my shoulder/arm/hand..I begged for the doctors to amputate my shoulder/arm/hand- I lost the hair on my arm, lost the muscles due to atrophy, had contractures, and more...
    I hope Aaron for your sake that it is not CRPS /RSD......that is one thing no one wants to deal with if they don't have to.....the thing to treating it though is that you have to keep using the limb to try to get /maintain the use of it. It can spread, and it is not confined to one area of the body, it can in some cases spread.
  • Sandi I really don't think I do, I've heard so many things which most have proven not to be. It does look like My ulnar nerve in r arm is functioning at 50 percent of left so somehow I may have damaged it and I've read some correlation to crps w ulnar nerve damage . I hope I don't have it either but nothing correlating to level of pain so far. You still deal with it or was it caught early enough to get under control?
    Herniated T6-7, multiple herniations in cervical, tears in T5-T8. Stenois at levels and smorls nodes from thoracic thru lumbar
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  • I will always have some degree of it, since it doesn't completely ever go away, but after loosing all of the muscles to atrophy, and the complete use of everything from my shoulder down, I finally managed to get it under some control...........it was the most horrific thing that I have ever dealt with, and to be honest, I wanted to die, far more often than not. I begged them to cut it off, and I meant it.......that is intractable pain, and there is little that can be done, other than to increase pain medications, and I was on some ridiculous amounts, and all it did was keep me from self destructing...then one day, I decided that I didn't want to live that way anymore. 7 years, and even going out in the sun hurt.....it was like an electrical fire from within- and the weird thing is that my arm would be ice cold, like I had taken it off and stuck it in some deep freeze, only to go out in the sun, and it would burn like fire at the same time.
    I am not sure why it suddenly seemed to not be so intense, but I am careful to this day with that limb and protective over it.I do know that as I was able to force myself to continue to try to open at first my fingers, one at a time, one segment at a time, that the pain subsided some, the more I was able to continue to do ....eventually, after another three years or so, I gained back much of the muscle tone that I lost....but it was an extremely painful journey...
  • Sounds pretty terrible. I am glad you at least seem to have upper hand. My right arm and hand has been freezing cold and tough to get moving sometimes, its not just my sensation it actually feels remarkably colder to touch that left according to other people. With water when I run cold water its freezing cold on my arm/hand and hot water is unbearably hot. But my thyroid might be to blame for that. I dont have the claw and do not have the intense buring most of the time, but it seems to be progressing, i do have what amounts to a dead arm at times. I try to not get to worked up these days as Ive been diagnosed with everything in the medical handbook it seems at one time or another. Confusing myriad of symptoms, just checking things off the list. I get overwhelmed when I have to repeat things on the list cause it just delays my finding out issue. Its a process , i get that, but i need a face/diagnosis to fight, even if its a bad one.
    Herniated T6-7, multiple herniations in cervical, tears in T5-T8. Stenois at levels and smorls nodes from thoracic thru lumbar
  • Has anyone looked into ulnar neuropathy? Ulnar impingement? I got it in both arms, from the use of the walkers, wheelchairs and cane, and the constant leaning forward on my elbows to take some of the pressure off my back when standing. I would find myself leaning forward on my forearms far too often and my arms would go numb, along with the half of my middle finger, my ring fingers and pinky fingers on both hands. I know that they thought at first, it was carpal tunnel, but it was bilateral for me, ( from the walker and leaning forward on both arms. Muscle wasting in hands, fumbling fingers, etc.
    If you haven't had an emg on the arms, it might be something to consider. Just know that an emg really doesn't show much if the symptoms have not existed for at least three months, it can come back a false negative.
  • I actually just had emg/conduction done to rule out CTS and my right arm has a nerve functioning at 50 percent of left arm. Dr was going to look more at the test but I have not heard back. I've looked at distribution of ulnar nerve and it correlates very close to where I have problems, etc. I even had arm break out in these red dots that where almost exactly following the distribution of the pain. I took pic, no doctor can explain or is sure it's related so just another weird coincidence for now
    Herniated T6-7, multiple herniations in cervical, tears in T5-T8. Stenois at levels and smorls nodes from thoracic thru lumbar
  • that I heard about that kind of reminded me about you and what you have going on- did any of your doctors ever look into Guilliane-Barre? I think that I spelled that correctly, but if I recall it correctly, some of what I remember reading might be something to look into.
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