nerve block injection at L-3 nerve so far so good

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bsjaguar
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   Posted 4/3/2012 5:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I have a moderate sized herniated disc at L-2/3 that has been giving me chronic muscle spasms all across my lower back, up & down my right flank area and at time down my right leg. It has been causing alot of problems when I sleep waking me up numerous times. Only way I could stop it was to lie on my back but I'm a side sleeper so as soon as I'd get back to sleep I'd flip on my side and start hurting again.

With a new MRI my PM thought a nerve block on both sides of the L-3 nerve would be a good place to start. Weird because most of my problems were on the right but the herniation was on the left. Guess as the disc oozes out one side it narrows the disc space on the other side, makes sense.

I had the nerve block yesterday. I slept most of the day yesterday after returning home and went to bed early last night from the sedative. Low and behold no back pain last night or this morning. Never thought a nerve that high in the back would cause so much pain in the lower back. Believe me I had my doubts on this one but it seems to have worked.

The numbing agent used is kicking in right now but he said the steroid injected would start working in a couple of days so I may see some pain when one stops and one starts.

WB I don't know all the specifics of your case but I wish something like this would be an option for you. I know after having a lumbar fusion that is the last place I want to go again. It sure is hard on your body and hard to recoup from. Good Luck my friend.
---Jag---


DDD, osteoarthritis, facet syndrome, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus surgeries left knee 2000 & 2002, herniated disc at L-2/3 , fibromyalgia, polymyalgia rheumatica

Chartreux
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   Posted 4/3/2012 1:39 PM (GMT -6)   
You'd be amazed how high in the back they go for the lower back to target those nerves...
I hope this relief continues for you for a long time...keep us posted...many many well wishes
to you and wow, glad to hear you got some good results finally....Hope it continues for you...
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White Beard
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   Posted 4/3/2012 8:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jag I have tried twice now to write a post and both times I a have lost it before finishing it! So I am trying one more time! I can really empathize with you Jag with those muscle spasms, the pain is unreal waking up in the middle of the night with the muscles in your legs going nuts and trying to tie themselves into knots! I sure hope that the nerve blodk works for you!
 
I have had the serries of three epidural steroid injections at L-3 and to be honest I do not think they are worth the trouble of getting them for the small amount of relief I have gotten from them! You know the pain is kind of an on an off thing some days it really isn't to bad and other days, like the last two or three it has really been unbearable, and is really difficult to get by with. Heck I can't even bend over or stupe down because of the discomfort, and any twisting while walking is really bad! I have been using my walker when in the house, just to get around! I am really kind of scared about having surgery done on my back or even having the hip replacement that they say I need. I have seen just too many patients that have had problems with both of these type of surgeries and it really makes me leery about having anything done! But when it gets really bad like the last few days I think anything would be better then having this  constant pain! Anyway I will see what the surgeon says down in Lexington Kentucky, as if I do have to have the surgery I will have it down there, so I can be near my family.  I know what my surgeon has told me here, but that doesn't necessarily mean the neurosurgeon  down there will want to do the same thing. Anyway we shall see!
 
Jag I seen you post about your husband having Hep C, that can be really nasty, has he received the chemo treatment for that? I have a friend whose wife has Hep C and has had that treatment but it did not work and she is on a list for a liver transplant. I sure hope things work out well for both of you! Please do take care of each other. I wish you both well Jag!
 
White Beard
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After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!

bsjaguar
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   Posted 4/4/2012 3:28 AM (GMT -6)   
He is in his 2nd week of treatment now and he is sick all the time. We called his doctor yesterday to ask for short term disability because working has gotten to be out of the question. He is on the 3 med combo which has around an 80% cure rate I think. He is taking incivek, pegainterferon (an injectable), & ribaviran which all carry nasty side effects. His biggest problem is nausea which we got a script of phenegran for but it's not helping much, along with fever/chills and just plain feeling bad.

The incivek was just released in 2011 for use so it is new so possibly your friends wife didn't try it. The incivek stops the hep virus from replicating while the other drugs flush the hep from the body. At 4 wks he will have to have a blood test and if his viral load isn't down to 0 it will be considered a bust and the treatment will stop & once you have used the incivek you can never try it again. So no matter how bad it is you don't want to stop unless it is life threatening.

I know what you meant about the last couple of days. There was a front sitting around over the weekend that had my whole body feeling swollen and sore.

Thanks for asking and the well wishes because this is a scary time for us right now!

Chart, thanks for the post. Seems like we are all going through alot right now. Hope you are feeling better too.
---Jag---


DDD, osteoarthritis, facet syndrome, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus surgeries left knee 2000 & 2002, herniated disc at L-2/3 , fibromyalgia, polymyalgia rheumatica
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