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Sympathetic nerve block

Jun 23, 2016 10:50 PM

Scheduled for a lumbar sympathetic nerve block on Monday morning. For CRPS/RSD. This is my first one and I am going in knowing that it may be only diagnostic, not helpful, or (hard to even hope) helpful. I will have anesthesia but am not sure yet what kind. I am nervous and not confident that I will be able to gauge my pain as to whether it helps. It's hard for me to describe my pain and it tends to catch up to me. Any advice???

Jun 23, 2016 11:12 PM

I am interested how it goes, I have RSD as well in my left leg. Just attempted suicide last week and at the psych unit they wouldn't allow me my cane, offered a wheelchair I never got for 5 days. The low narcotics and walking was killing me as well as the temp staying at 70 the whole time. My dosage is down but my pain has been a constant 8 for one week now. Let me know how it goes. Prayers and thoughts that it will work. Let me know!

Jun 24, 2016 9:24 AM

Invisiblepain, I've not had the SNB injx. I did have 18 foraminal epidural steroid injx (ESI's ) & 2 facet blocks. To me the facet blocks hurt much worse, but we are all different. It's very possible you will hurt worse after for at least 1-3 days. My doc explained it's because of swelling in the area. It's important to use ice packs 24-48 hours, 20 on, 20 off. This helps reduce the swelling. It's also important to rest the first 48 hours. I wish you all the best results, with hugs & prayers everything goes as planned! πŸ™‚πŸ’•πŸŒΌπŸ™

Jun 24, 2016 9:30 AM

@ Leelee, I'm so sorry you are hurting so badly. I've been where you are, hospitalized twice. The docs & nurses are doing what they think is best, to not only help with the pain (walking cane vs wheelchair), but it's important to help your mental pain too. It's a delicate balance, but you will get there. Your antidepressant meds may need adjusting, along with finding the right pain meds & coping skills. They had me on cymbalta 2 years ago for depression & fibromyalgia, but it nearly put me back in the psych ward from adverse reactions. It takes time to find the right meds & coping skills, but I knowdeep down you are strong enough to get there. Sending you hugs & praying for you! πŸ™‚πŸ’•πŸ™πŸŒΌ

Jun 24, 2016 9:56 AM

I couldn't have said it any better than Flappsy did. I hope they are able to find the correct combination of meds to help you both physically and emotionally. I'm so sorry it got to the point where you felt that suicide was your only hope for relief. I pray that you find the strength through therapy, prayer, medication and your fellow pain warriors to cope with the pain in a better way and always know that we are here to help you when you feel you can't deal with things. Sending you gentle {{{Hugs}}} and prayers that you are well on your way to better days. πŸ’•πŸ™πŸ»πŸŒ»πŸ˜Š

Jun 24, 2016 10:03 AM

Invisiblepain28, I've had both types of injections and had them with anesthesia. Flappsy is right, you need to rest the first 48 hours and use ice on and off. The facet injections hurt me more as well but as Flappsy mentioned we're all individuals and you may find the process not so bad. When I had my injections they also use a numbing agent with the steroid and you will feel better until it wears off and then it's a matter of waiting a couple of days to see if you have improvement. Sometimes they work well and then you could go and have another and it won't work at all. I don't know why that happens but I've experienced that myself. Hang in there and hope for the best. Sending you positive vibes, gentle {{{Hugs}}} and prayers for a successful outcome. πŸ’•πŸ™πŸ»πŸŒ»πŸ˜Š

Jun 24, 2016 11:35 AM

I forgot the numbing agent. I was sedated with something I think starts with a V but not valium. And I had at least 1 episode that didn't work, so the doc bumped the next injx up sooner.

Jun 24, 2016 8:54 PM

Versed. I think that's the plan for my anesthesia as well. Thank you for all the support!!! It's scary. I will update on Monday.

The lack of pain meds and mobilization devices in the hospital is awful. So sorry you had to go through that. Hope everyone has a restful weekend.

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