Hypogastric Plexus Nerve Block

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ekkorose
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   Posted 9/27/2008 4:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone had an experience with the nerve blocks? I am scheduled to have one on 10/7 and cannot find much info online about it. If anyone is willing to share what that kind or any other of the spinal blocks are like I would really appreciate it. Despite my tattoos and peircings, the thought of a needle in my spine scares the living hades out of me!
 
Thanks,
Sarrah

Hysterectomy at 25

4 laproscopic surgeries since 24

 

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PAlady
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   Posted 9/27/2008 4:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Sarrah,
If you search the topics on this forum for nerve blocks, epidural or steroid injections you should have a pretty good idea of what they're like. I think the main diffeernce is the precise location where any steroids or other medicines are injected, and the general purpose. I've had epidurals, SI joint injections and nerve blocks and they're about the same as far as the process. It's important to make sure the person doing the procedure is experienced, and that they use fluorscopic guidance while they're injecting (this just means there's a tiny camera on the end of the needle which provides pictures on a screen (like a tv) so the surgeon or radiologist knows precisely where the needle is. All my injections have been done with this. Also, I've always had doctors inject an anesthetic before they do the deeper injection, so that mostly all I've felt is slight discomfort. Others here report the injections have been more painful.

If they're going to numb a nerve, then you may lose some motor function temporarily and thus you're usually asked to have another person with you to drive you home. Also, nerve root blocks are used not only for pain relief, but diagnostic purposes. My neurosurgeon had nerve blocks done before my surgery to try and locate exactly what was causing the symptoms. Unfortunately, my surgery didn't help.

Call your doctor and make sure about the flouroscope, and ask if he/she injects some numbing agent first. If that's the case, you really shouldn't feel a lot, but that's just my experience.

Hope this helps some.

PaLady
Funny, getting a tatoo would scare the heck out of me! smilewinkgrin

Post Edited (PAlady) : 9/27/2008 5:38:03 PM (GMT-6)


ekkorose
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   Posted 9/27/2008 6:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I will call and ask about the flouroscope but they will be knocking me out 100% (or at least that is what he said.) I don't think I could do it while being aware of it, I tend to panic and not react in the most mature manor during those situations. Last time I needed a lumbar puncture (they were checking for an anuerism) I refused it because the fear over came my common sense.


The funny thing about tattoos is they hurt less then a stubbed toe!

Hysterectomy at 25

4 laproscopic surgeries since 24

 

Meds - vicodin : nexium : skelaxin : klonopin

 

Supplements : calcium : magenesium :potassium : milk thistle : fish oil : B complex : vit E


In the United States today, there is a pervasive tendency to treat children as adults, and adults as children. The options of children are thus steadily expanded, while those of adults are progressively constricted. The result is unruly children and childish adults. ~Thomas Szasz 


skeye
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   Posted 9/27/2008 9:41 PM (GMT -7)   
ekkorose,

Everyone's experience is different. I've had multiple stellate ganglion nerve blocks, which is in the cervical spine. Mine were also done using fluoroscopy. I didn't have any numbing medication first, and the injections while not the most fun, really weren't bad at all. But then again my pain isn't in the area that the block was done. But if you are having any kind of sedation, you should be out of it enough that you don't quite know what is going on anyway. I had conscious sedation for my blocks, and I don't even remember the actual injection being done the first time!

Good luck!

-Skeye

REDSAM
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   Posted 10/2/2008 6:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had this procedure several times.  I suffer from lower abdominal pain as a result of adhesions and nerve damage.  As the others have reported, this procedure should be done under the flouro, by a doctor with lots of experience.  I was very lucky that my pain doctor hit the right nerves the first try, so my blocks were successful from the start.  I too was scared at the thought of someone sticking needles in my spine.  But I am glad I tried it.  My blocks were successful enough to warrant a longer term solution with a radiofrequency procedure.  I have had two of them, one in 2006, and one in 2008.  They got me off all pain meds, and I have a life back.  But had I not tried the original hypgastric block, I would have never known there was hope.  Each person does respond differently, so you have to keep an open mind, and just keep working with your doctor, because if they hit the right spot, the rewards are worth it.
 
I had slight discomfort for the first 24 hours, but nothing ice and rest didn't fix.
 
Good luck to you.
 
REDSAM
Sue-Hypothyroid, Abdominal Adhesion Pain, No female parts, no gallbladder. Put a fork in me please!


Chartreux
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   Posted 10/2/2008 9:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry, my reply will be very straight and fast forward today
(as I had a rhizotomy done yesterday).
I've had the nerve blocks done with and without being out of it, it's
a lot better if your out of it. Hurts like hell when your conscious.
Ask if they use Versed it'll keep you from remembering any discomfort.
Hopefully they'll work for you.
Keep us posted and lots of soft hugz....
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