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Cervical Nerve Block Injection C7 Level

I have one scheduled on Thursday and I'm starting to get really nervous to the point of cancelling. I was hoping for some insight from ones who's had it before. I'll be under "twilight anesthesia" during the procedure.

ACDF C6/C7 on 05/20/15
...and it was the best decision of my life :-)


  • The procedure itself won't be painful. Twilight means pretty much out of it. I have had several. Muscle spasms afterward were
    the toughest thing for me.
  • Because I had one of those done at C4/5 and I wasn't put under anything other than local anesthetic. The procedure was very uncomfortable. The position they had me in, in order to open up the cervical spaces flared me up very bad. Lying face down with pillow under chest and chin pressed against my chest for almost 40 mins. Like Dcs90, I suffered horrible back spasms for a week after the procedure. I only got three days relief with the neck pain, in my opinion it wasn't worth the agony of the flare up I had. The day of the procedure I came home in tears after the procedure because I was in so much pain. Debilitating headache, neck pain. That lasted for two days. Then I had three days of relief and then 4 days of intense pain again. Probably won't do another one of these. I also had horrible dizziness after the procedure which has lasted all week. It was only bad after the procedure, but I have noticed I feel more dizzy than before I had the injection. Some people do get a lot of relief with those, so worth a try. It's nice that they are sedating you.
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  • There are people who get good relief. I wasn't one of them, but you won't know unless you try.
  • Motor1MMotor1 Pittsburgh, PaPosts: 606
    Because I am a workers comp patient, I had to do every test & procedure that their doctors wanted to do. I also got severe muscle spasms & headaches after them. Neither of the injections helped me in any way. I'm sure there are people who have benifitted from them?
  • kt04kkt04 Posts: 9
    edited 05/07/2015 - 2:09 AM
    Hi guys im new to this site & have herniations on c3 to c7 also nerve root impingement I have to wait a year or longer to be seen by pain clinic specialists & can't stand the pain any longer I take dihydrocodine, ibuprofen & paracetamol & have morphine when the pain is worse but I was wondering who have had steroid injections for this type of problem? And has it helped at all the ortho dr I saw was useless didn't offer any advice or tips on wgat to do only said if pain gets worse I can have a fusion on the worst disk but won't that aggravate the other disks that are effcted? So I have so many questions im just out of my mind atm also I live in the UK probably a lot different health can in the states thanks fot reading this any advice would be great :-)
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  • Motor1MMotor1 Pittsburgh, PaPosts: 606
    Has your doctor offered you any other conservative treatment besides medication? Maybe physical therapy? The steroid injections never helped me personally, but there are many people that do get good results from them. Have you tried using a TENS unit?
    If your doctor hasn't offered you any other suggestions besides fusion surgery, I would go find a new doctor.
  • I had 6 injections done at once without any freezing or being put to sleep. It was probably the WORST pain I have even been through in my life. I had them done at C2-3 C5-6 C6-7. I had an allergic reaction 24 hours after the shots and ended up in emerge only to find out I am hyper sensitive to steroids and can not have the shots again. They pumped me full of meds and sent me home. I am not sure if the medication they gave me counteracted the shots but I did not get any pain relief from them.
    You will be fine if they are giving you something to put you out.

    Good Luck
  • I have had physical therapy & was given exercises to do at home iv also recived accupuncture I had no joy with the accupuncture but I only had it for 15 mins once a week don't know if I had enough? I regularly use a tens machine it helps a little with the muscle pain but thats it. Thanks for your comments guys. Any other suggestions regarding my situation is appreciated. Is anyone taking mst slow release tablets & or nortriptyline for nerve pain? If so are the tablets better than the liquid morphine? The dihydrocodine seem to make me feel sick but the morphine doesn't? What ttreatments could I consider other than medication if any? Sorry for all the questions I m at my wits end take care guys :-)
  • Hello to all I'm new here and have a lot of questions as many do, In 2007 I was struck in the head by a tree limb, was diagnosed with a spinal cord impingement c3,4 as well a tramadic brain injury, had surgery 2 times on my neck, the second because the first fusion with cadaver vertebrae put too much pressure on my spine causing it to herinate, my last surgery being in 2010! I've been in pain management for awhile and my doctor said that I'd benefit from non steroid injections to which I've had may 5, I've been in so much pain since the injections I can't sleep, my heart is racing! Is this typical? Although I've had manyinjections this is the first time I've dealt with these symptoms, any advice would be great Thank you
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