Mine is a doctor that specializes in managing different types of pain for different patients. For some he used primarily medications, others trigger point injections, and then me (& those like me w spine-type pain) he did steroid nerve blocks. He sedated me but there were some who didn't need sedation. I'm 14 months post-injections and just starting to feel low back pain related issues again.
Shammagrin,Flappsy I saw a pain specialist for a while. He was the one who found out that I had a Syrinx. The radiologist and my ortho missed it for four years of mri's. Go figure.I had a nerve block but it didn't last but about 3 months.
I have been seeing a pain specialist since last summer. They have been managing all of my pain meds and have tried steroid injections in my cervical and lumbar spine which didn't work for me personally (worked great for my mom). I have since had neck surgery and I am trying to get back surgery approved by my insurance. They are still managing my meds and are talking about doing trigger point injections in my neck and shoulders for continuing pain there. I see them monthly for med checks. If you have any other questions let me know.