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Pommom
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   Posted 2/17/2010 8:14 PM (GMT -6)   
OUCH!!!!!!!!!!
had a nerve block injection this afternoon. it did sting a little. but got through it. my back is still hurting some. but i guess that is to be expected. nothing else has helped the pain. blood sugars are high tonight. but that comes with the territory when injecting steroids. but at least i didnt have to cook supper. so i guess there is a bright side.lol....have any of you had this and would like to share your experience. thanks.

MsBunky
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   Posted 2/17/2010 10:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Pommom

What was the injection for and in what area? What type of pain were you experiencing and is the hope that this will provide lasting relief?

I have had one Botox injection into my psoas muscle to try and stop constant spasming, but no steroid injections yet. I have another Botox on April 5th and one of my pain doctors mentioned other injections that could be done.

Pam
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Stac/Catz4
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   Posted 2/17/2010 10:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh boy, I've had nerve block injections starting at C-1, following the nerves to my shoulder. I had a terrible reaction to it and ended up with a massive headache and swollen really badly! I have heard many people say that these are very helpful. I hope you find that true.
Catz
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PAlady
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   Posted 2/17/2010 10:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Pommom,
Yes, I've had nerve blocks, epidurals, pretty much the gamut, although the only injection that ever helped was to my SI joint and that didn't last. Lots of us here have had a variety of injections, and you probably can find many details on old threads,

One thing I was always told to do, and it helped, was put ice on the site of the injection for the first 24 hrs or so. That can help the soreness. And of course try not to put a lot of pressure on the area. Take it easy for the night!

Good luck!

PaLady

skeye
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   Posted 2/18/2010 12:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Pommom (love the name),

I too have had many nerve blocks done. I don't know what you had done, but mine were sphenopalantine blocks, stellate ganglion blocks, & retrobulbar blocks. Unfortunately I never really got much benefit from them, with the exception of the one retrobulbar block. But that block can't be used for normal pain management because it is too dangerous sad -- it was just a diagnostic test.

Sometimes I was sore at the injection site from the stellate ganglion blocks (at C7 in the neck), but any soreness usually wore off within a day or so. I hope the block helps you. Depending on what they injected, it may take a day or so to feel much of an effect. Like Palady said, take it easy for a while & try some ice on the injection site. Hopefully you'll be feeling better in the morning.

hugs,
Skeye

Pommom
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   Posted 2/18/2010 7:49 AM (GMT -6)   
my nerve block was in the lower lumbar area. i have pain in the lower back, through the hip and down the leg. it is worse on the left side.i, too , have had epidural injections, facet injections and the nerve burned.none of those helped. i switched dr.s  and he has done the muscle and nerve study, mri and now the injection. follow up next week for results of all the tests. it is hoped that it will give long term relief. here;s hoping for a low pain day for all. Julie
Diagnosed  Crohn's, 1998..Gangrene Small Bowel,1998..Ostomy Take Down,1999..TPN for 5 1/2 months..Adhesion Removal,1999..Abdominal Hernia Repair,2000..Kidney Artery Bypass,2001..Diabetes,,Sleep Apnea,,Silent Heart Attack,,Blocked Kidney Artery after the Bypass..Bulging Disks, Pinched Nerve..MEDS--,Purinethol,Folic Acid, Fish Oil,Humira,,Bentyl,Anamantle Cream,Cortifoam , .and many more. 25 meds..

catahoula
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   Posted 2/18/2010 8:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Pommom
   I'm in agreement with Skeye and had pretty much the same blocks as she. with the addition of supraorbitol and oppcipitol nerve blocks. I find ice helps for the first day. The swelling and numbness goes down after a few days. Actually the numbness  of the first few days is what I look forward to because it blocks all the pain. Its not until it wears off that the pain starts to creep back in.
I hope it works for you.
fingers crossed
catahoula
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L5-S1 Radiculopathy
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   Posted 2/18/2010 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I had 4 last year and will probably get 6 (the max) this year around L-5-S1.  For me the pain can go from 8 down to a 1-3 for 8 weeks on average.  I actually feel as close to normal (prior to surgery) on some days.  I cut back on percs during that period, too.  It can take a week to kick in.  The first couple shots fooled me into thinking I was getting better, then the soreness slowly creeps back and you forget how bad you felt a couple three months ago.  She shoots me on both sides since my pain is bi-lateral.  The pain of administration always makes me scream like a little girl.  But it's well worth it.  I wonder if I'll have to do this forever. 
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Standing order for epidural/nerve blocks & monthly Percocet refills


daisyj
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   Posted 2/19/2010 8:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I had one in my hip and it worked for a few years. I had one in my wrist and it worked for a few years. Now they want to do my spine.....
My friend had one done in her spine and she cant tell one bit of difference. My aunt had one in her spine and they damaged a nerve, she now has to use a cane. I am afriad to let them mess with my spine. But I know at some point, the pain will out-weigh the fear and I will probably have it done.

Keep us up on how it is working for you.
Thanks for sharing that info with us!
~Daisy J~
Fibromyalgia, Chronic pain, anxiety & depression and 5 Herniated disc. (3 in lower back; 2 in neck)


Pommom
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   Posted 2/23/2010 10:22 PM (GMT -6)   
the nerve block has really helped. my pain level has gone from a 10 to  a 3.the other injections didnt do much good. i am happy with the results so far. here's to hoping for a low pain day for all.
julie

skeye
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   Posted 2/23/2010 10:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Pommom,

Wow! That is fantastic! Congratulations! Lets hope your pain levels stay down!

hugs,
Skeye

nasalady
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   Posted 2/24/2010 11:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I just came from my doctor's office....he wants to give me a steroid injection in my lumbar spinal region (L4-L5). He used the term "caudal block". I have lower back pain that prevents me from standing very long (or walking for that matter). Was this the sort of nerve block administered to you, Pommom?

I'm so glad to hear that it has helped your pain level!

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Pommom
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   Posted 2/25/2010 3:08 AM (GMT -6)   
nasalady,
i have not heard that term used. i go back next week for the results of all the test. my symptoms are very much the same as yours.i couldnt stand for more than a short time before i was in a lot of pain.the same with walking.just walking down our home hallway and back, i would be in pain. i was okay if i was sitting or laying down. my pain was in my lower back, through the hip and down into my leg to the knee area. i really hope you get some relief.let us know how it goes.
 
Diagnosed  Crohn's, 1998..Gangrene Small Bowel,1998..Ostomy Take Down,1999..TPN for 5 1/2 months..Adhesion Removal,1999..Abdominal Hernia Repair,2000..Kidney Artery Bypass,2001..Diabetes,,Sleep Apnea,,Silent Heart Attack,,Blocked Kidney Artery after the Bypass..Bulging Disks, Pinched Nerve..MEDS--,Purinethol,Folic Acid, Fish Oil,Humira,,Bentyl,Anamantle Cream,Cortifoam .and many more. 25 meds..

bsjaguar
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   Posted 2/25/2010 7:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Pom, I am in the process of having diagnostic injections in my lumbar spine too. So far I've had one into the facet joint and one into the nerve at L-4/5. I've had great results so far like you did but mine did not last long because we don't use any steroids. My next phase will be radio frequency abalation which you stated that you'd already had with little success.

Sounds to me like your first doctor didn't find the right nerve that was causing your pain or the injection was done incorrectly. I've read that the needle needs to be placed in a certain position for good results.

Hope you get some long lasting results from your injections and keep us posted with any information you receive. I have all the same symptoms as you too so we have alot in common. Do you get sever muscle spasms in your lower back and does your leg ache along with the back of your knee?
---Jag---
 
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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 2/26/2010 11:17 AM (GMT -6)   
 
 
   Dear PomMom,
 
      Good Morning. I am sorry it has taken me so long to respond to your thread. it has been rather hecktic around here.
 
      I have injections done on a regular basis now, but before any of that started we had a few "test series" done. They wernt so bad, and recovery was quick. My spine specialist seemed to garner alot of information from the "test series" and about a month later we began doing steroid injections into my spine on a reglar basis.
 
      I really hope the dropp in pain is good news! And more so, that you will eventually get some long terms relief. You are definatly in our hearts and prayers. I hope your appointment goes well.
 
*huggs*
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Pommom
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   Posted 2/26/2010 8:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I appreciate all your responses.you may be right about the radio frequecny ablation. the dr. i have now is more thorough and seems to be trying hard to find the source of the pain and fix it. pain was back up to about a 7 today. maybe i just tried to do to much.my pain sounds very similiar. the pain goes from the lower back, through the hip, back of thigh and back of knee. not into the calf. my feet go numb frequently, also. from a quick overview of the mri, he saw a small tear and some arthritis. we will go into more detail when i go back next week.
hoping for a low pain day for all of you.
 
Diagnosed  Crohn's, 1998..Gangrene Small Bowel,1998..Ostomy Take Down,1999..TPN for 5 1/2 months..Adhesion Removal,1999..Abdominal Hernia Repair,2000..Kidney Artery Bypass,2001..Diabetes,,Sleep Apnea,,Silent Heart Attack,,Blocked Kidney Artery after the Bypass..Bulging Disks, Pinched Nerve..MEDS--,Purinethol,Folic Acid, Fish Oil,Humira,,Bentyl,Anamantle Cream,Cortifoam , .and many more. 25 meds..

bsjaguar
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   Posted 2/28/2010 4:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Pom, please let us know how your follow-up appt. goes. I'm interested on what the next step will be that your doc suggests. I go back to PM on Mar. 8 for my follow-up after having nerve block injection. Mine too gave me short term good results . Did your injection include a steroid?
---Jag---
 
DDD, osteoarthritis, facet syndrome, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus surgeries left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3


damouthy1
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   Posted 2/28/2010 12:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I had botox injections in both sides of my neck and a facet nerve rhizotomy in the left side for migraines and chronic daily headaches. I was supposed to have the right side done also but the pain from the procedure far outweighed any relief I felt. I felt some relief from the muscle spasms in my neck from the botox, it didn't help the headaches at all :( The rhizotomy did nothing for my neck pain or the headaches, so I chose to not have the other side done. I have heard of some people getting relief from different injections and procedures though, I guess I wasn't one of the lucky ones.
 
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Pommom
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   Posted 2/28/2010 7:52 PM (GMT -6)   
yes, my injection did include a steroid. i dont get the contrast dye for anything because i am allergic to it and it isnt good for the 1 kidney i have left. today has been a good day. the pain isnt completely gone but it down to about a 3 most days.it was a 10 everyday. i go back on mar 3. for test results.
you all take care. Julie
 
Diagnosed  Crohn's, 1998..Gangrene Small Bowel,1998..Ostomy Take Down,1999..TPN for 5 1/2 months..Adhesion Removal,1999..Abdominal Hernia Repair,2000..Kidney Artery Bypass,2001..Diabetes,,Sleep Apnea,,Silent Heart Attack,,Blocked Kidney Artery after the Bypass..Bulging Disks, Pinched Nerve..MEDS--,Purinethol,Folic Acid, Fish Oil,Humira,,Bentyl,Anamantle Cream, .and many more. 25 meds..

bsjaguar
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   Posted 3/1/2010 6:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm glad to hear you are having longer results with the steroids. I developed shingles after an injection using steroids in a bulging disc at L-2/3 and am now nervous about using them. Let us know what the doc has to say after your appt. on Wednesday.
---Jag---
 
DDD, osteoarthritis, facet syndrome, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus surgeries left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3

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