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Nerve root block waiting time

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,000
Hello everyone,

I have a 2 herniated discs at L4-L5 & L5-S1. I have been in pain about six months now and for the last few months I have been unable to walk/stand for more than a minute.

I saw a orthopaedic specialist recently and he has advised me to try out nerve root blocks, and then if that fails surgery.

I just got my NHS appointment through and it is 4 MONTHS after my appointment. I am told this is a 10-minute procedure and could enable me to function again.

Is this correct? 4 months to wait? Is there any way to speed things up? I'm just in total shock that I'm going to have to endure this pain for so much longer due to our inefficient health system.

My girlfriend is from a foreign country and her dad had a nerve root block, he had his done 3 days after his specialist appointment, and it cost about £50. What are my options for having this done abroad?


  • That seems like a long long time to have to wait. Where do you live? Is there no one to call to bump this up your appointment? Are you ready the insurance approval? They normally give timeframe for the authorized procedure to be completed.

    Good luck!
  • I'm in the UK, sorry I thought this was a British website.
    I don't have health insurance, like most people here I use the National Health Service. I'll be calling around tomorrow to see what I can do.

    I'm just appalled that I (and many, many others, for various and much worse conditions) have to live with months of pain due to inefficiency. This is after having months of bad advice from my GP.
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  • I'm sorry you have to wait due to your NHS. However, please be aware that nerve root blocks are generally diagnostic and will not give any long-term relief. Because they only numb the nerve roots during the procedure, the relief (if any) is only for 6 to 8 hours. This tells the doctor they've found the right nerves causing your pain. If so and you have relief, then the next course of action is a Rhizotomy Ablation, where they go back in and burn the same nerve(s) that were relieved by the nerve block. That procedure can give many months of relief, although nothing is ever a guarantee.

  • and ask them to put you on the cancellation list, thats what i always do and you can get an app much quicker, sometimes people cancel with only hours till their app and the hosp would rather fill that space, good luck, im from the uk too, i know the system is so long winded
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