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Sympathetic nerve block procedure

Jul 28, 2016 6:26 AM

Hi guys, has anyone done this before? I'm getting this done in two weeks and I'm a bit nervous...

Jul 28, 2016 10:09 AM

Hi RC...πŸ€—
dont worry πŸ€— Im sure u will be fine & u will breeze thru the procedure 😊 ...it will be ok in the end 🐴. U will be able to come back to us... πŸͺto tell us how u were worried about nothing πŸ€—

Jul 28, 2016 12:19 PM

I had one done in the neck for my wrist. For me it was not helpful and gave me positional headaches that you can get from spinal injections. I had to take 2 extra days off. They said my reaction was "rare" but it happened with the 2nd injection too :( I hope it goes much better for you! And I hope I do not scare you with my story!

Jul 28, 2016 2:35 PM

Oh no Gardener, I hope you're okay. I had cortisone injection and it didn't work and I went to s pain rehab clinic yesterday. The pain in my leg is still so intense. I also have developed this mottle pattern and discolouration. I was then suggested to have sympathetic nerve injection. I suppose I have high hopes...

Jul 28, 2016 3:25 PM

Thanks. That was years ago for me. Have you been evaluated for RSD/CRPS? I hope they can help!

Jul 28, 2016 7:19 PM

@gardener - I have not but I read about it and everything seems to make sense and I recognised my symptoms when I read the literature. Even my heart skipped a beat because all these times I thought I was crazy until the mottle pattern appears and the pain is unbearable I am now thinking about going tempting as I don't think I can hold my full time job anymore.

Jul 28, 2016 11:28 PM

@exrockclimber I've been diagnosed with CRPS and go regularly for sympathetic nerve blocks. Mine are scheduled every 3-4 months and each time we do one our hope is that the amount of time my pain is minimized or even pain free becomes greater each time. Just have a few questions for you...will you be admitted to the hospital for a weekend or extended period of time?

Jul 29, 2016 7:41 AM

Hi gymjunkie - apparently the whole procedure will take 3-4 hours and I will put under GA. I was wondering how you feel after each procedure? And more importantly, has it been working for you?

Jul 29, 2016 9:27 AM

@exrockclimber by the sounds of it your procedure is different than the one I have done. I go into the hospital for the 3-4 days with mine. I don't get put under GA at all, I am fully awake for mine and what they do is insert an epidural into my lower spinal area normally L2-L3 area and I am admitted to the hospital after the procedure with an epidural pump that pumps medication for the whole weekend. My pain specialist also makes trips up daily to see and to what we call "top me up" with the nerve block medication.

For me after each procedure takes about 3-4 days for my back to start to feel ok and for me to feel somewhat normal again. Due to the amount of medication that is pumped through me I sometimes become very emotional as well but that also goes away within the first week. The nerve block itself makes my limbs feel very heavy as well.

The first I want to say 6 blocks didn't work long term for me but my most recent block that I had done was 3 weeks ago has been working great. My pain is very bareable and I am back to being able to do the things I enjoy doing. I do want to share that if you get hit, or over exert yourself post block the effectiveness wears off much quicker. I have learnt over this process that you have to slowly integrate your day to day life and activities back and not rush to them.

I hope this helps. GOOD LUCK!! I will be thinking about you through your journey.

Jul 29, 2016 10:09 AM

Exrockclimber, I have had sympathetic nerve blocks. I have them done under sedation because I can't tolerate the procedure without it. I probably could buy my anxiety gets the better of me and then everything is all locked up and tight. It's just easier for me and the doctor. The first one helped for a little bit but the next ones not so much. I wish you the very best of luck. {{{Hugs}}}πŸ’•πŸ™πŸ»πŸŒ»πŸ˜Š

Jul 29, 2016 2:53 PM

Exrockclimber, I've had ESI's done under sedation, and they worked well. I don't ever plan to do any injx in my spine without sedation. Good luck, hugs love & prayers! πŸ™‚πŸ’•πŸ™πŸŒΈ

Jul 29, 2016 8:12 PM

Thanks for thinking of me, guys, I really appreciate it.
I'm getting a series of left lumbar sympathetic nerve blocks at L2 and L3 so hopefully it will work this time. In the meantime I'm on lyrica 150mg and it seems to help a little even though it makes me lose my appetite.... Which is a shame because I was such a foodie!

Aug 02, 2016 1:36 AM

I had 3 lumbar sympathetic nerve blocks last month and they were outpatient with a little light IV sedation. They were effective but only for a few hours, and less effective each time. But I did not have side effects except for short-term headache from the sedation, and pain during the procedure. My understanding is that it's quite safe. Good luck!

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