Nerve Block done with the aid of an x-ray

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stingray
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   Posted 10/25/2011 5:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone
 
Just wondering if anyone has had a nerve block done with the aid of an x-ray. I have had several nerve blocks done over the years but never with the aid of an x-ray. I'm being sent to a new pain clinic for a nerve block more so to satisfy the insurance company than because I hold any hope of it working. None of the previous attempts have done anything at all. This doc says he does them with the aid of an x-ray and I'd never heard of that. I hate getting my hopes up. So I was just wondering if anyone else has had this done and what the results were. Thanks for any input you can give me. Hope everyone is doing well.
Thanks..Stingray

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   Posted 10/25/2011 5:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Stingray - I've had several sympathetic nerve blocks done this way. They use fluoroscopy, which is 'real time' x-ray - often with contrast dye as well - which helps identify the precise point at which to target the nerve.

All the best with your block *gentle hugs*

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   Posted 10/25/2011 5:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, they also call it a fluroscope. They never used that before? I never had a procedure w/o it. They can see exactly where to inject...and like any other procedure, sometimes it does sometimes it doesn't

Good Luck

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   Posted 10/25/2011 1:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had nerve blocks with this, ultrasound, and without either of them.

Take care,
Bill
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stingray
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   Posted 10/26/2011 12:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone for your input. It certainly sounds like a lot better way of doing it than going blind and hope for the best. Just hate getting my hopes up that something is gonna work only to be disappointed again. Thanks again for your input. Let you know how it turns out. Take care everyone. Thanks again.
Stingray
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   Posted 10/26/2011 7:01 AM (GMT -6)   
 
     Hello Ray! I have not visited with you in quite some time! I'm hoping this injection will give you some relief!
 
        I have never had one of these, but have had several of the "Epidural's". Some of them worked in the cervical, but no luck in the lumbar. Is this for the back? ....or maybe the leg, as I was thinking you have problems with either your leg or foot.
 
     My Skype has been down for quite some time now, but maybe I can get it running over "Thanksgiving" and we can visit for a bit. You still staying up late at night? I sure have been!... with the "Prostate" problems. shakehead
 
       Take care, and again, hope you get some relief!
 
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bayoub2
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   Posted 10/26/2011 7:12 AM (GMT -6)   
these procedures have given me some relief, lasting from a few days to 6 months-hope you have athe latter.

Maggie
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stingray
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   Posted 10/27/2011 4:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank You All...for your input. The injections I have had in the past were done just by me telling the doc where it hurt. These injections are for my back. I have in the last 2 years developed a foot problem also. It has grown almost 2 shoe sizes in the last 2 years and the big toe really curves to the outside and it has become very painful to walk. The constant limping I think has made my back alot worse. I saw an ortho surgeon who recommends I have a total foot reconstruction. I've already had 11 surgeries total on other part of my body and am not to keen on having more surgery so I've been putting it off as long as possible but am wearing pretty thin already. Thanks again for your input and kind words. Let you know how it all turns out.
Stingray
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   Posted 10/27/2011 9:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Many well wishes to you and Prayers that you can get some relief....
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wmpn
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   Posted 10/27/2011 9:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Stingray,
 
I had this procedure done a couple months ago, the nerve block with the aid of an x-ray. The Dr. was very hopeful it would work for me.  However, I have more pain now then before.  I have heard some very good reports from people who have had success.  I guess it depends on the type of nerve pain.  Sorry I couldn't be more helpful.  rolleyes Wmpn
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