Hi Everyone- I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced this or if anyone has any ideas/solutions.
My doctor & most doctors (from what I can tell) require patients to lie prone (on their stomach) for the duration of a cervical medial branch block procedure. I was not physically able to do this, so my doctor does not feel it is safe to do this procedure. He gave me no alternatives and no plan for future treatment options. He will continue to treat with low-dose pain medication, but I would like a more realistic and permanent solution.
I found it impossible to lay on my stomach, even with a pillow under my abdomen. Anyone who has enough pain to warrant this procedure is going to have trouble maintaining this position. How is a person like me supposed to "plank" for 10 minutes while a doc sticks needles in my neck?
All doctors in this area require the patient to lie prone. This procedure was meant as a test to see if I was a candidate for radio-frequency nerve ablation. Without this test, it seems I am out of options.
I'm in a lot of pain and have used up all my vacation and sick days from work due to pain from my discs and severe arthritis (I am not even 40 years old).
Let me know if you have heard of this happening, or if you have any solutions. Thank you!