can someone please explain a nerve block procedure?

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   Posted 3/2/2007 12:32 AM (GMT -6)   
I've heard so much about nerve blocks can someone please tell me how they are given?
Like step by step from when you set down for it.
Do they inject directly into the spine, nerve, ect. Does it hurt a lot if your not sedated, if sedated how were you sedated and was it pain free.
I'm scared to death to get it.  Ifs its anything like a spinal tap, than I don't know if i can do it.
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   Posted 3/2/2007 7:55 AM (GMT -6)   

I just had one done on Tuesday and it wasn't really bad at all. I sat down in a chair and had my hair up in a pony tail. He simply injected a small needle in my neck/head, where the actual nerve is. You feel a litle pin prick which doesn't really hurt at all.

It is way less painful than when you go to the dentist and they give you a shot in your mouth.  I can say that when he injects the anesthetic it is a little uncomfrotable from the pressure for a few seconds, but it doesn't really hurt. He did it in each side of my neck (into my occipital nerve)

Each side lasted maybe 30-45 seconds and then it was over. I had to stay there for about 20 minutes to make sure I was okay. Afterwards my head and neck felt funny, a little numb. All and all it was not bad at all.

The next day was when I felt pain in my neck, but I just put ice on it and then the following day I was okay. Believe me, it is nothing to be afraid of! Especially if you can be pain free afterwards!

Good luck and don't be afraid! I was afraid too, I guess it is natural. All this is new to me. I experience migraines from time to time, but not like this, than all the sudden I have all these medical appointments and tests and they can't figure out what's wrong with me. Its hard to swallow.

Good luck and keep us posted!

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   Posted 3/3/2007 4:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ang Michelle,

I will second all of the above having had it done myself, except the next day I didn't feel anything!!!!! Believe me it was nothing!!!!!!!!!!!! The worst bit is when they press on the back of your neck to find the right place to inject, and that is only like pressing on a bruise!!!!!

There is nothing to it, go for it girl you will not regret it!!!!!

take care

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