Just had my first Selective Nerve Root Block today. It is to hopefully help with residual pain after having 2 RadioFrequency Procedures, one on the right, and one on the left side. Pain coming & going so far this afternoon & evening. I was told it should take a couple of days to know how much, if any, this will help. Another is scheduled in a month, should my 2 week follow-up indicate the 1st helped and the second will be needed. Anyone experienced with this procedure and results? I have been diagnosed over the last 4 1/2 years with Scoliosis, Facet Joint Disease, Degenerative Disc Disease, Sciatica, and Stenosis, all Lumbar.
I'm not sure if its the same as your SNRB, but I've had facet joint blocks (extremely painful) years ago, and in the past 3 years ESI (epidural steroid injections) at cervical, thoracic & lumbosacral locations. I went through a 2 year regimen working through the spine twice. I'm doing so much better now than I was then. The facet block lasted almost 5 years...either that or I was too chicken to go back for another! 😲
A pain specialist did the 2 yr regimen and luckily for me, my insurance paid for light sedation. I am very limited on oral medications due to allergies, so injections have been my best relief. Unfortunately there are side effects, such as bone loss and vision changes, and weigh gain, to name a few, but relief is worth the risk to me.
I hope you'll find relief. It will probably take more than 1, or possibly 2. Good luck!
I have had those as well as RFA and was told there was no other treatment but injections I did that for 10 years finally went to a surgeon who did a discography and was positive. And I had. Fusion in October I am still in pain but they say it can take up to 12 weeks for it to heal. Good luck.
It took 2 full years, cervical, thoracic, and lumbar, 3x each level per year, before I finally got better relief. Unfortunately they're saying the steroids contributed to the vision changes and bone loss. My last was in Feb-March this year. I'm managing on Tramadol, muscle relaxers, & Tylenol arthritis, with voltaren gel. And so far so good with the fibro, osteo & nerve pain.
But unlike many in the community, I cannot take narcotics (allergies). The only one I can take short term (3-4 days) is darvocet, and they reserve that for surgeries. I break out in rashes, have nausea & vomiting (very painful with digestive issues & hernia), and with some I become like a mad animal. My mom & dad were the same. They had 4 kids and I'm the only one who got both their allergies!😲 But I manage with God's grace. Sometimes I have wished I had something else.
Thanks for sharing all of your experiences! I have had very little sciatic pain in the 2 weeks since. Still having low back pain and pain up my spine, but don't think it is nerve pain. Lots of muscle spasms due to scoliosis and arthritis. But I have been home those 2 weeks, with a husband that is VERY supportive, and doesn't let me do much lifting or housework. I go back to school today (I teach middle school), and the real test of these blocks starts now. I have to walk long distances quickly, stand 25+ minutes on duties 1-3 times every day, and carry laptop/papers/etc. up and down stairs. I will know more about the success by the end of the week. Go back next week for follow-up. Thanks again for your insight!