Posted 9/27/2008 11:41 PM (GMT -6)

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!

Posted 10/2/2008 8:43 AM (GMT -6)
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.
Sue-Hypothyroid, Abdominal Adhesion Pain, No female parts, no gallbladder. Put a fork in me please!

Posted 10/2/2008 11:57 AM (GMT -6)
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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