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 day💕.