Has anyone had a nerve block on their back?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by bozey, Apr 3, 2009.

  1. bozey

    bozey New Member

    I'm having severe back pain on the right side of my back and all test find nothing wrong. So, the neuro put me on neurontin. Problem--I can't get past the side effect of dizziness even at the lowest dose of 300mg. She wanted me to do 1 a day for a week then 2 the next week and work up to 3 a day. I just can't do it. She says a nerve is inflammed and suggests a nerve block.

    Has anyone had one? Did it work? Did it hurt? Any info would be greatly appreciated.

  2. nixon

    nixon New Member

    I was offered a nerve block at a Pain MGMT clinic, but I declined.

    I was afraid.....What if it makes me worse??!!! I researched it throughly before I made a decision, Some say it's GREAT, others not so great. Hopefully someone HERE that has had it will reply to you.

    Best of luck, I was on the neurontin too- 300 mg. 3x daily, but started having major swelling in my feet, ankles & legs, so I quit it. ( I ALSO suffered the dizziness, but mine wasn't constant- it would come & go.

    It DID help my pain though, I'm now back to the terrible neck, shoulder pain, burning. Andrea
  3. Doznclan3

    Doznclan3 New Member

    I had a nerve block years ago. It was for my left side. I had a bad expeirence at first. I went home to have pain on my other side. I called the hospital that I had it done at. They told me to wait the three day waiting period, as this is what it takes to kick in. I told her, but you don't understand, it is now hurting on the side I didn't go in for. She just said it again, wait. And, sure enough, the pain went away on both sides. It only lasted 3 months. It was wonderful though, pain free at last in that left side. So, I'm sure it was just me, as I've not heard of anyone else having that problem. As he was injecting the fluid, I could feel a trickle going down my right side..must have just caused a temporary problem, as I don't have pain in my right side, but, now my left side is hurting again. Debating on whether to go back in again. I know I would at least be pain free for a few months. This can last up to two years for some. I'm just unlucky I guess.
    Hope this helps. I hear a lot of people have great luck with longer time.
  4. bozey

    bozey New Member

    I think I'm going to do it. I just can't stand the pain anymore. If I sit all day, I can tolerate it. But with it getting nice outside, I want to be outside. If I stand, the pain gets so bad that I have to sit. Can't get a whole lot done by sitting.

    I guess I'll just do it and hope for the best. Thank you both very much.--bozey
  5. DemonFairy

    DemonFairy New Member

    I had a series of three of them for my herniated disk. They didn't work, and ended up costing $42,000!!! Yes, indeedy, billed 7k each by the doctor and the clinic for each visit that took a total of 5 minutes of work and probably $10 of meds each time - simply stunning. However, if your insurance will cover them, I'd probably try them if I were you. During my waiting room times, I talked to a lot of people that were helped tremendously by them...and who had the results last months or years. Me, I ended up having back surgery, but my disk herniation was really large and I don't think I had much chance of being helped by conservative treatments. I don't think I'd worry too much about it making you worse, as the stuff does wear off. When you're already in constant pain, I think it's worth it to keep trying new things to help relieve it.
  6. DemonFairy

    DemonFairy New Member

    A bit at first, but it wasn't much worse than the pain I was already in. If you do a google search for "Diary of a herniated disk", you'll find my blog and I described my nerve blocks. You can just do a search on the blog (there's a search box in the left sidebar) for "selective nerve root block" to see what I said about the whole process. I think I blogged each attempt fairly thoroughly.
  7. 3gs

    3gs New Member

    I once tried a pain clinic. They went in and burned the nerves along my spine. First one worked short time. after that it was agony. This doc then injected 12 shots of lidocaine in thigh. almost ended up in er.

    Have talked to people that had some luck with nerve blocks.

    biggest thing I would caution is knowing the doc. It turn out the one I went to was a quack and gone shortly after. Havent been able to trust anyone again to try this.

    good luck
  8. pitoune

    pitoune New Member

    But I must admit that it did work great for me but that was years ago when I could still walk. The pain is not that bad after the injection but within about one hour, it was excrutiating for me but within about 3 days, I could really feel the benefit and it would last 3 to 4 months in my case. Unfortunatly, once I started to have Herniated disc, it stopped working completely and since it was over one hour to travel to the specialist that was doing it and having to try to get somebody to take me there and lift the darn wheelchair, I had to stop. We've moved since and now it would be a 5 hours trip to get there. I did have really good results from it I must admit.

    The only problem I had was when he did the nerve block in my neck for my severe headache, I thought I was gonna die from the pain and couldn't even hold my head for several days but once the 3 days were over, it was wonderful to be pain free for months at a time. I don't really recommend the one in the neck but for your back, if you don't have any herniated disc, go for it and give it a try. I know of a lot of people that got relieve for years at a time from it. 3 to 4 months was not that bad either. I hope and pray that it does help you hon

  9. robin1667

    robin1667 New Member

    It did not work for me.

    I know some swear by it.

    Just remember if this works for you that it is a nerve block and you will not know if you are hurting yourself more by doing some things,so still be careful as you could do more damage.
  10. bozey

    bozey New Member

    Goodness, thank you all very much for the input. I've had xrays and an MRI, which has showed nothing wrong with discs and no growths pushing on nerves. So basically it boils down to a nerve problem. The neuro is new to me but was referred by my wonderful primary doc that I just love and trust.

    I went to him Weds. and ask him about my back and what did the neuro send him about it. He says it is the nerves and trying to find out which one is like trying to find out if you have fibro (which I do, he is the one who did all the tests to find I had fibro & CFS). I told him about trying to take the neuontin and being dizzy. He suggested that I tell the neuro about the nerve block he mentioned and see what she says. He really doesn't want me to take pain meds and get hooked on them anyway. He knows I don't like taking meds. It's actually that I forget to take meds anyway.

    Wow, I sure hope my insurance covers it or I won't be able to have it done. I have my husbands insurance until the end of May and then I will be on Medicare. And I know nothing about Medicare and what it will cover.

    I guess I will cross my fingers and go for it. I just can't stand the pain anymore.

    Thank you all very much--bozey