I’ve continue to see my pain psychologist while going through anxiety and pain mindfulness CBT sessions. This is at a teaching university and my therapist suggested seeing one of the newer younger up and coming pain doctors for a third post op opinion (two pain doctors had said there is nothing else they can do for my chronic post op pains, about a year ago).
I had L3-S1 ALIF/PLIF in two separate surgeries, afterwards 3 out of 4 back pains issues were resolved, but not left leg radiculopathy. Neuropathy pain from waist down, numbness in my feet and deep bone aching in many joints have dogged me since the surgery (nothing that was present presurgery) The glut of nerve medication Gabapentin Amitriptyline muscle relaxers are knocking me down daily, lethargy bloating on top of the rest, been dealing with it all for 2 years and while some things have gotten better dim not whole and this all still drastically affects my quality of life
The new pain dr is suggesting Tackling one thing at a tine. that cluneal nerve which rests over the iliac crest can get impingined and wants to do a Left Superior Cluneal Nerve Injection with ultrasound guidance. My understanding is this is mostly a saline lidocaine injection and is very safe, and can be repeated numerous times. I am also under the impression that this CAN provide long term relief for the sciatic pain.
Any experiences with this procedure?