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Aug 28, 2016 1:54 PM

Hi there anyone reading. I am supposed to schedule this cervical nerve block but keep putting it off despite constant pain and interference with basic quality of life. I've looked at three docs, visited one. He was an anesthesiologist--very nice but overwhelming, wanted me to sign over all of my pain management care and take only what he prescribed. The office was foremost concerned with $$, nothing new these days. I took one pain pill (that he prescribed) and felt suicidal for three days. I told him I'd tried the med years ago and did not like it but he "promised" it would be different--my bad. When the office found my insurance did cover the procedure they wouldn't stop hounding me, texting me for follow up appointments never made, after I'd called to cancel everything...for weeks until I told them to STOP. I then looked at his Yelp profile and found the same sort of thing I did with the other two Drs: Reviews ranged from "this dr will try to take over all of your medical care and only use meds he prescribes" (which would be fine if it worked in all cases) to, "This dr is hands down the most compassionate man I've ever met and he saved my life"...and the degree of care that patient was given.

I see mostly mixed reviews about nerve blocks, or really unfortunate experiences like Miss Rose had, so sorry Miss Rose :( I don't see a lot of confident nods but maybe I've missed them or am unduly scared by the others (?) I was referred by a decent shoulder doc to another for the neck nerve block. I'd say 90% of Yelp reviews were negative for him but most of those were two years old. Still it scared me and I waited for another referral. I just read this woman's reviews on Yelp: These reviews are specific and articulate, especially the three most dreadful. They weren't said flippantly or irresponsibly but I do understand there will always be a percentage of people who are unsuccessful or for whom things don't go as planned. And doctors aren't perfect and mistakes happen. But they range from "this doctor is the kindest most skilled I've ever been to" (in this case a neurologist) to "I will never be the same person, this doctor ruined my life..." replete with detailed description of events and how that person wound up feeling as such.

I'm more confused than ever and it's causing me to stall stall stall. I do believe knowledge is power and appreciate having the reviews available. I left one of my own when I had a dramatically bad (and expensive!) procedure. I was promised to be reimbursed and never was but that was the least of it. The practice was unethical and I'm not sorry I left the review. The office manager tried to get me to change it (!) under the auspices of wanting to correct the situation, which they never did. I flat out said, You're trying to get me to change my Yelp Review when I realized it. That dr hadn't even treated me and tried to tell me the treatment was successful (!) We hadn't even met until then.

I understand these reviews can be critical to a Drs practice and sometimes people leave reactive emotional responses that might not be objective, or indicative of the overall picture. I guess you have to go with your gut after you get the information, meet the dr and take it from there. But the disparity of results leaves me kind of paralyzed--there is such a discrepancy from one person to the next that my head has taken over any gut feeling at this point.

I'm also interested in hearing about people's experiences with cervical nerve blocks. I know many threads have been written and I hope I'm wrong about seeing iffy at best responses to the procedure. It would be one thing if these reviews were hastily written or clearly biased but they are from intelligent people and sound genuinely cautionary. As do (most) of the lucky ones who say the dr gave them their lives back...

Just some more yelping from marsemouse on a Sunday afternoon. Hope everyone is having a decent day๐Ÿ’•.

Aug 28, 2016 7:58 PM

Marsemouse, I guess I'm more behind technologically than I realized because I didn't know anything about Yelp! Lol I guess it's a good thing you knew about it. I have had two rounds, of 3 injx each round, 1 month apart, in cervical epidural steroid injx nerve blocks. And the results were very good. When I started them I had been having daily cervicogenic & migraine headaches, for over a year. Since my last injx in 2014 I have only had 3 headaches. I've also had ESI's in the thoracic and the lumbosacral areas, with the same good results. Hugs love and prayers you can get the support you need to make the best decision for yourself! ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒธ

Aug 28, 2016 9:03 PM

Thanks Flappys, great to hear you had positive results! You're probably better off not knowing about Yelp--just more to obsess over ๐Ÿ˜‰. Thanks again๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’›

Aug 29, 2016 5:04 AM

Hello girls โš˜โš˜โš˜

I have had many cervical nerve blocks over the years. ๐Ÿค”I have also had epidural steroid injections, ๐Ÿ˜Šwhich are different from the facet joint injections.๐Ÿ˜„ All have been very very successful for me... ๐Ÿค—and all performed by my pain management consultant/ consultant anaethatist here in UK. ๐Ÿ˜Š

๐Ÿ˜ฎI must say that there are people that it doesnt work for... and ๐Ÿค—it can be so frightening reading those poor cases that are so unfortunate...๐Ÿค” but there are so many hundreds of good case examples ๐Ÿ˜Šthat we never hear about. ๐Ÿ˜A carreer can be destroyed by just one poor ๐Ÿค”unfortunate case...๐Ÿ˜š not detracting from any of those bad experiences at all. ๐Ÿค—

๐Ÿ˜šI guess i look at the facts... research all the facts...๐Ÿค—and then make my own informed decision.
๐Ÿ˜„Positive mental attitude...is so important too ๐Ÿ˜Š i really believe in my doctor... i have followed his carreer for over ten years & been treated thruout... trust is so important too ๐Ÿค— so i understand if u find a doctor that u click with ๐Ÿ˜‰ then hold onto him/her ๐Ÿ˜ they're golden!

๐Ÿ˜šI have also had cervical nerve ablations... and fusion at C4/C5/C6/C7... and lumbar facet joint blocks... and lumbar denervation... and fusion at L3/L4/L5... with a wallace ligament at L2... and i now have another bulging disc at S2/S3...
๐Ÿค—lol... so i actively ask for nerve blocks... they really help me!๐Ÿ˜š
Lol ๐Ÿ˜ฒ (the theatre staff all know me by name now! Hehe)๐Ÿ˜š

I really hope ๐ŸŒน u can find some hope sweetheart ๐Ÿ˜š and make the right choice for u ๐Ÿค—

Aug 29, 2016 4:34 PM

Wow Lulabel you've certainly had your share!! Can I go to your dr?! Now that would be a great referral...though a bit of a journey from the US. Thank you for adding more positives to this easily addled mind. You've been through so much and you're still smiling๐Ÿ˜ŠI'm so glad you found the procedures helpful ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐ŸŒŸ

Aug 30, 2016 7:28 AM

I have been frightened ๐Ÿ˜ข
I have been overwhelmed๐Ÿ˜ฒ
I have been angry๐Ÿ˜ค
I have been misinterpreted๐Ÿ˜’
I have been saddened ๐Ÿ˜ญ
I have mourned the life i had๐Ÿ˜ข
I have mourned the life i wanted๐Ÿ˜“
I have mourned the life i deserved๐Ÿค”
But what i have learned along this way ๐Ÿค—
Is just LET IT GO... ๐Ÿค—
smile and the world smiles back at u๐Ÿ˜‰
Cry and the world crys back at u๐Ÿ˜ญ

(Bollox to that... I choose to smile...๐Ÿซ I choose to be happy...๐Ÿช i choose to dance benieth the stars if i fricken want to!) ๐Ÿด

I can not change ๐Ÿค—the life i have been given... ๐Ÿ˜‰but i can bloody well enjoy it! ๐Ÿด

Aug 30, 2016 7:29 AM

Oooo hark at me getting all mouthy hehehe... PMA is real... and it lives in me! ๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜š

Aug 30, 2016 8:38 AM

As I have mentioned on other threads, I've had pain for over 23 years, had 30 surgeries (some helped and others made me worse) and there are more on the horizon.
Yesterday is gone, tomorrow has not yet arrived, we only have the moment we're in to react to what is happening in that moment.
The journey is difficult, I DO struggle, I've cried, I've vented, but there isn't any reason that we cannot enjoy our lives even though we have pain!! We all have gifts and we all have joy (even if it's a smile from a stranger and you smile back).
I always feel better when I can come here and let a Newbie know that they're not on this journey alone. To give my shoulder to cry on if you're having a bad day but what fills me the most with happiness is being able to come here and make someone smile or laugh. Makes me know I have purpose in this life and that even if I can't work, I can still help people. I can still give my time and my humor and my compassion.
We CAN choose to be miserable and wallow in the shit that we've been dealt.. I prefer to laugh and sing and dance and have potty mouth.. LOL!!! That's me!! A loud, proud, swearing, caring bundle of fucking sunshine.. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿซ๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿ˜ณ

Aug 30, 2016 10:44 AM

Alwayz, I love your swearing caring bundles of fucking sunshine๐Ÿ’!!
I'll get there one of these days...

Aug 30, 2016 10:51 AM

...on the end of my boot, ๐Ÿดif u have to...๐Ÿค— but i will walk that path with u๐Ÿซ any day sweetie!โš˜โš˜โš˜

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