I'm having a medial branch block, does it hurt? If so how?

Posted by karolyn @karolyn, Nov 24, 2018

I have to have a medial branch block has anyone had this done without sedation ima single mom,how bad is the pain I’ve herd really bad storys,I’m so scared but want to kn please help

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@hosta

@hosta. You should see a difference in your pain level after the anesthesia is gone, in an hour or so. They will call you the next day and ask how long it lasted. That will determine if they continue with the series. At least that is what they told me.

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Was your pain the same if so did u have to go for further test I'm so worried I'm going be a Gina pic

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@karolyn

Was your pain the same if so did u have to go for further test I'm so worried I'm going be a Gina pic

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@hosta You should not be so frighten! They do this all the time. It is quite safe. If it is going to work, you should see some ease in your pain soon after the procedure. How much do you know about your doctor? Do you trust him (her)? Trust in your doctor is 3/4 of the battle. Have Faith in the doctor and in God!

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@hosta

@hosta You should not be so frighten! They do this all the time. It is quite safe. If it is going to work, you should see some ease in your pain soon after the procedure. How much do you know about your doctor? Do you trust him (her)? Trust in your doctor is 3/4 of the battle. Have Faith in the doctor and in God!

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I don't kn the dr at all ,that's my other problem,and if it don't work what they do next ,the plan was physical therapy and acupuncture then all suddenly she changed it ,I have alot of health problems and my body doesn't do good with alot of meds ,last time a reg nerve block didnt work couple years ago,then had rotator cuff surgery and the block they used was supposed to wear off in 8 hours ended up 24 hour later still was numb,wen wore off I was screaming in sever pain.thank u for help

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@jamienolson

Hello, @karolyn, Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect! Thank you for posting.

I would like to introduce you to @hosta, who has had this procedure done before and will hopefully offer some insight with you. Can you share how and why this decision was made with your provider? What kind of pain are you in?

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My pain management Dr just said I'm getting it done not explation, I'm on pain meds for 10 years due to rusphred disk neck back,arthritis, bone diese, nerve damage,leukocytosis, hight wbc so not quite sure why she's doing it people say it hurts I can't be sedated due to single mom and no driver,any help please

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I'm getting ready to have a Medial Block also . I hope it works ??

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Do not be afraid. If you are in moderate to severe pain, then it is worth going through the procedure! Do you know and trust your doctor? I have had numerous and various type of treatments to treat degenerative disc disease and spinal stenosis. In my case, some treatments work and others don't. Did your doctor give you a valium to take 1-2 hrs. before the procedure? It will help to calm your nerves. The only time none of the treatments worked on me was due to severe degenerative disc disease in my neck. I ended up being treated by a doctor who practices functional medicine. It was expensive and took about a year of regular visits and treatment. Now I am on maintenance and it is working. For my stenosis, I continue to see a spine interventionist doctor. He is terrific and without both types of treatment, my quality of life would be a living "hell!" These are stressful times and removing one stress is significant. It will have you to return to a less physically challenging time! Stay well, safe and be at peace!

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To Karolyn from Georgia in Australia. Get on that doctor and get the secretary to send you the "outline of the procedure". It should tell you exactly what the procedure is, and what will happen. Never hear of "not being told". !!! Are you in a vet hospital ?????? Woof. !

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@faithann64

I'm getting ready to have a Medial Block also . I hope it works ??

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@faithann64 When are you having your Medial Branch Block and what part of the body?

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@australia

To Karolyn from Georgia in Australia. Get on that doctor and get the secretary to send you the "outline of the procedure". It should tell you exactly what the procedure is, and what will happen. Never hear of "not being told". !!! Are you in a vet hospital ?????? Woof. !

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Hi @australia, You're right that patients deserve to get an explanation of any procedure they are about to get in language that the patient can easily understand. Needing a medical procedure is stressful enough. Clear explanations and details about what to expect are a must. Often we have to advocate for ourselves to get it and I appreciate your encouraging @karolyn to get an explanation.

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