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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@curlylocks

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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Dear Curlylocks, my neck pain sounds similar to yours. What kind of "functional" treatment did you have — chiro? What is the spine interventionist dr doing for you? thank you in advance

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@interajl

Dear Curlylocks, my neck pain sounds similar to yours. What kind of "functional" treatment did you have — chiro? What is the spine interventionist dr doing for you? thank you in advance

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Hello @interajl, Welcome to Connect, an online community where patients and caregivers share their experiences, find support and exchange information with others. @curlylocks may not have seen your reply to their post so I used the member name @curlylocks which will send an email notification if they are still following Connect. You can view all of a members posts by clicking on their @ membername to view their profile and then click on Comments to view all of their previous posts.

Are you able to share a little more about your symptoms and diagnosis?

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@johnbishop

Hello @interajl, Welcome to Connect, an online community where patients and caregivers share their experiences, find support and exchange information with others. @curlylocks may not have seen your reply to their post so I used the member name @curlylocks which will send an email notification if they are still following Connect. You can view all of a members posts by clicking on their @ membername to view their profile and then click on Comments to view all of their previous posts.

Are you able to share a little more about your symptoms and diagnosis?

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thank you @johnbishop I am new to this. I have had trigger point neck pain for 7 years,along with some herniated discs and bone spurs. I have seen several kinds of docs, has been difficult to find one who is versed in trigger points vs. anything else. I have some herniation but have been told it is not bad enough for intervention, and have done a lot of physical therapy, dry needling, yoga, acupuncture, etc. I do the exercises at home and use a TENS unit, tennis balls to relieve the pain.

The worst part, for me, is that I have had to give up hobbies that aggravate the pain. I love gardening but am trying to cut back and see if that helps.

Most recently I had a medial branch block, which the doc said was not impressive (the words he used) bc the pain was alleviated for only a short while. He wants to try a different anesthetic. I asked if ablation will help with trigger point pain and he said no. My plan is to try the other anesthetic and see what happens. If it does not work, I really do not know what to do.

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