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I need your nerve block experiences. I need your nerve block experiences.

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Unread 02-16-2004, 05:21 PM
I need your nerve block experiences.

I'm going in next Thurs for my first of a series of presacral nerve blocks. I would like to hear your experiences. What happens during the procedure. How long did your pain relief last? (if any at all.)

I'm just trying to gather and collect information, and decide whether this is the best step to take.


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Unread 02-16-2004, 05:30 PM
I need your nerve block experiences.

Dear Laura...

Here is what happened in my case...

The doctor gave me an IV so I was well hydrated... it is a protection against a potential drop in blood pressure.

I went into the "surgical" room and laid on my tummy on the table. The doctor put a pillow under my tummy so my back was not so curved.

I could not see what was happening next but could hear and feel.

The doctor injected some anesthesia into my lower back... next to the SI joint area. He injected in multiple areas to make sure it was really numb.

Then the doctor inserted the needle (or catheter... I am not sure exactly what he used), and guided it to what he thought was the correct location. Then he injected some dye and used a Flourscope to determine from the way the dye spread whether the needle/catheter was in the correct location.

Once he felt he was in the correct location he injected the anesthesia. Almost immediately I could feel a warm feeling throughout my pelvis and, in the case of the first one, it covered a wide area and it almost completely took care of my pain for the first hour.... after that it started to wear off and was completely gone by about 4 hours total.

I was taken to a room to recover for a short time before I left to go home.

The second time the block did not work as well. It covered less area and did not last as long.

The PSN surgery has covered less than the nerve block... which I guess makes sense since the block covers the entire nerve bundle with anesthesia while the PSN severs a key branch... I have not had the same relief with the PSN surgery that I had with the nerve block.... well not yet... maybe it will improve with time.

Best wishes for a successful outcome.



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