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Has Anyone Hac A Nerve Block Done For Back Pain?

Has Anyone Hac A Nerve Block Done For Back Pain?

My pain doc wants me to try a nerve block on my back. I'm willing to try anything at this point. If you've had it done, is it painful? Does it hurt? I have DDD, stenosis,and L-4 and L-5 are herniated. Any feedback is greatly appreciated!

A MyChronicPainTeam Member said:

Nerve blocks are the only thing that gives me any quality of life. I generally have an increase in pain for a day or two followed by some relief. Sometimes they seem to do better than others but had one done Friday for L5 L6 and left the clinic feeling better than I had in 6 weeks. I wish you great results and hopefully a huge decrease in pain.

posted about 5 years ago
A MyChronicPainTeam Member said:

I have had a nerve blocker many years okay it didn't hurt for me cause they gave mean eperdural first But I don't think it made much difference but I guess everyone is different and responds to things differently You could give it a try nothing to loose?

posted about 5 years ago
A MyChronicPainTeam Member said:

My son had his L4 removed in 2014 @A MyChronicPainTeam Member then he was attacked recently and now has L5 bulging, he had a nerve block but it wore off overnight and he suffers too it breaks my heart, I suffer a useless R lower leg so I try and listen to him at 27 yrs of age, just shatters me as his life has just begun, just not fair he cannot work, cannot get disability either..... I use Lyrica for my nerve pain have you tried that? I hope you find some relief I truly feel for you 😕😔😊

posted about 5 years ago
A MyChronicPainTeam Member said:

Hi! I'll give you my 2 cents worth, but my story is about the same. The ablations worked for a little while, but with each one, the effectiveness was less and less. Same with nerve blocks and they hurt like hell. ( I ended up doing Lamaze breathing to get through it.....having a baby was less painful! Lol) ♥️ - Adena

posted almost 2 years ago
A MyChronicPainTeam Member said:

My experience with nerve blocks and injections in general hasn’t been great. I’ve had many over the years and only one ever gave me immediate and a couple weeks of less than normal pain. I had an L2-L3 fusion in 2003. The one injection that helped was because it was in some scar tissue. At least I found out that scar tissue was causing some of my pain, numbness and sciatic issues. I know people that have gotten great relief from injections. It seems to me that either it helps or it doesn’t. There’s no in between. There’s a little pain involved. They start with an injection of lidocaine. Then they go in and place a syringe/line using X-rays. Then the medicine is injected. Almost every injection I ever had felt like they were exactly where my pain was coming from. The injection puts a little pressure on the aggravated nerves so there’s a little pain but not bad. I guess it depends on your pain tolerance and anxiety. I recommend ablation but the have to do nerve blocks etc. to see if it’ll help. This is the best way I can explain it. If injections haven’t helped much, ablation still can even though they use injections to test if ablation will help. I know it sounds oxymoronic!! But! When they give you the lidocaine shot before injections? If that decreases your pain or causes it to leave until the lidocaine wears off. Then ablation will probably help. There was a little confusion when the doctor saw me after the injections. I’d go back and tell them that the injections didn’t help much. To avoid confusion tell the doctor what the lidocaine shot did first. Then tell him how things were after the numbing wore off. So, basically if the lidocaine shot gets rid of some or all of the pain until it wears off then ablation will probably help. If the lidocaine helps immediately and then the steroid injection helps for weeks or months, then you’re good to go with injections or ablation. Hope this helps more than confuses.lol

posted over 2 years ago
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