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Sep 05, 2015 8:05 AM

Hello everybody. I will be having an operation in the next few weeks & I'm extremely nervous about it. I will be having a lot of the nerve endings coterrized (burnt off) in my lower back as the cortisone injections don't work anymore. I will be having between 16 & 20 injections under local anaesthetic as I have to be awake to tell them if they have the correct nerve. Has anyone had this done before. I have been told it its very painful & the procedure can last up to an hour. I'm not a happy bunny at the moment. Very nervous!

Sep 05, 2015 8:15 AM

Yanbo, I have actually had that procedure done in my pain management doctor's office. He was burning off cervical nerves a few bundles at a time. It was much like my regular injections. He put me out, did what he had to do and then woke me up. Sadly, after he did this twice, both times I woke up and when the novacaine wore off I was in pain and there was really no change. Perhaps it was because we didn't do them all but I was frustrated and said forget it. I hope that this in hospital procedure is successful for you and that you get some much needed relief from your pain. 💕🙏🏻🌻

Sep 05, 2015 8:25 AM

Hi Yanboo .. i havent had to have that type of procedure done so I can't attest to what the procedure is like but I can imagine how nervous you are about it. I have a friend who has been having them done for years with much sucess until recently they haven't been helping as much.

I hope things go well and offer you much relief!

Sep 05, 2015 9:05 AM

Yanboo, I had this procedure done. It was very helpful. It reduced my pain by 35% in my back. If I am correct, you should be set up to go in for a test run where they inject you with something like lidocaine or something. Something to numb those nerve bundles. They are guided by X-rays to those sites. Then they put you in a waiting room and let you sit for a half hour to let the numbing medicine take full affect and make you walk to make sure it moves around. If it works, they will bring you back and do the burning. Doing it while you are conscious ensures you get the right nerves. Then you should not have pain after the procedure. I did not. The procedure stressed me because of the pain I knew would happen but did not know when. Best wishes to you

Sep 05, 2015 10:44 AM

Thanks everyone . All this does help. Still nervous though !!! Lol ☺

Sep 05, 2015 12:23 PM

I have scrubbed into these procedures and usually while the patient is awake you should be given something like versed (causes an amnesia effect) so you will not remember the bad parts. Sometimes, drugs are your friend. I will keep you in my thoughts. If you are super anxious call and ask them some detailed questions regarding your pain during the procedure. This should be what is called "conscious sedation". You have to be awake to guide the physician to be sure they have the right locations, but you do NOT have to remember it or suffer. Maybe you can have an distraction like a iPod with just one ear bud in so you can answer their questions. Ask ahead of time and explain your apprehension. They should be able to put you at ease. I use my personal iPod for my patients all the time. It is one of the best tools for everyone.

Sep 05, 2015 12:38 PM

WOW!! I wish you were in MY operating room when I went for my trial of the neurostimulator!! I would have not been literally screaming in pain. The nurse on the other end of the hall in recovery actually came in and wanted to know what the hell was going on. I DID end up having the implant done and when it worked it was fabulous!! I've had it revised either 4 or 5 times (I can't remember) and now have a non working, useless neurostimulator that cannot be removed without possibly paralyzingly me. I remembered every agonizing moment, begged for more sedation and when the nurse told me to hold and squeeze her hand when it hurt too badly, I did and broke three of her fingers!!! I don't know how I got the guts to go into the hospital for the full implant. I guess because it worked so well, it was worth going. Many surgeries I've been through (and I've had 28 or 29), I remember everything I did up and until the point they knocked me out and I also remember everything from the moment I'm conscious. As soon as they bring me to recovery, I'm ready to get up, pee and have them discharge me so I can go home!! (I'm an awful patient.. LOL).
Yanbo, I'm sure all will go well for you. Make sure that you voice your concerns and fears. You're going to do great. If your doctor listens to you, no worries, you'll be made as comfy as they possibly can. I'll be praying for you. 💕🙏🏻🌻

Sep 05, 2015 6:04 PM

LMB, I wish you had been in there with me the other day. I received sedation again, but not a whole lot. I do remember being somewhat coherent, but on the other hand crying cause it hurt like crap and there was nothing I could do. I remember even asking them to stop for a moment at one point.

Sep 05, 2015 6:08 PM

Alwayz, same thing here. When I'm come to recovery, I just want to get up, pee and go home already. I'm awful in that respect as well.

Sep 06, 2015 9:03 PM

Yanbo I haven't had that. You will be in my prayers. And I'll pray your whole team will be the best and most compassionate available! 🙏🌼

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