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Sympathetic Nerve Block...

TTLCTTTLC Posts: 858
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:42 AM in Spinal Injections
Hi everyone!

Just wanted to post that I finally had my consultation with the Physiatrist who will be doing my nerve blocks and injections. This doctor and her husband have been doing injections for over 20 years and I have heard a lot of positive feedback. (That always helps to ease your mind).

The consulation went very well this morning. The doctor is very knowledgeable, takes time to explain and answer any questions and she has a very nice bed-side manner. I am scheduled to have a Sympathetic Nerve Block with Coccyx Injections... this Wednesday. :)

The doctor performs all nerve blocks and injections at an out-patient surgerical center, adjacent to my hospital. I will be given light sedation (Versed) and I'm looking so forward to relief in my tailbone and sacrum areas. They do all blocks/injections under fluoroscope guideance.

My check-in time is 7:45am and she will start the procedures at 8:30am.

I am a bit nervous, but looking forward to ANY relief in these areas.

I hope to have positive results, just like our other members have been getting recently... Charry, Debbie, Stan and oh dear... my memory is fading! I know there are a couple of others I can't think of right now, but they are listed under this forum.

I welcome any prayers and/or positive vibes for this Wednesday morning. The last time I asked for prayers and/or positive vibes from my Spiney friends... turned out to be quite incredible! :)

Best wishes to all for less pain this week,

Tammy :)


  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,361
    I'm so glad that after meeting the doctor your mind is more at ease. I'm really looking forward to hearing just how successful the injections are for your pain. I'm also glad to hear that they use versed to relax you...that stuff is great. :D
    It's great that your appointment is so soon. That helps not having to worry about it so long.
    You know that I'll be right with you in thoughts and spirit and sending the best vibes ever. You hopefully are on the way to some much needed relief!
    Good luck my friend,
  • Good to hear you're getting your injections soon and with sedation. Prayers for you on Wednesday morning. Do take care and ice at home afterwards. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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  • Good luck Tammy
    I hope verything goes well. I will be praying for
  • You will do "swimmingly"!

  • I'm so glad to hear that your injections are scheduled. It also makes a huge difference that you have confidence in the doctors - we all know how important that is.

    You're going to do just fine. I'm glad you'll have sedation, that always helps with these things.

    Good luck to you and I'm anxious to hear how it goes.

    Take care, my friend.
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  • wonderful ! This is all such good news :)

    My thoughts/prayers will be with you.
    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
  • Thanks so much for your posts. I really appreciate them! :)

    Debbie... I promise to post, just as soon as possible, tomorrow. We need to get your tailbone pain taken care of, too! Thank you for the well wishes and I hope you are doing better today. I know you were having a nasty headache and some other pains... so I hope they are being resolved. I was pleased to hear the word "Versed" yesterday, as I read about your positive experience with it. I tend to tense up with the jolts I get, so anything to relax the jolts and mind will be welcomed with open arms. :)

    Charry... Thanks for the prayers. I hope you are continuing to have relief and are able to do a little more each day. I was so happy to hear how well you did with your injections. You had quite a few! Thanks again for your support and advice on icing the areas... I really appreciate it. :)

    Payo... Thank you so much for the prayers and good luck wish. I hope you are doing okay and I will be looking forward to sharing my experience tomorrow. :)

    Hi "C"... Ah, yes. I shall be keeping "swimmingly" in my thoughts tomorrow! I haven't heard that word used in years. I'm glad it came to mind for you to use. Makes me want to indulge in tea and crumpets! Thanks for the post and smiles, "C". :)

    Kylie... Thank you for the well wishes. I hope you are doing well. The pictures you post are adorable. Are these your own creations? Thanks again, Kylie. :)

    Cath... Yes, yes, yes. Relief is just around the corner, thank God. I've been reaching the point of wanting to pull my hair out, so I'm glad they worked me in so soon. I know I need to lay low for a couple of days, but after that... I'm going to get outside and walk, walk, walk. We are having such gorgeous weather this week... 70's and 80's. Thanks again for your support and I'll be looking forward to reporting a positive experience with the block and injections! :)

    Hi MsHD... Thank you! So nice to know others will be thinking of me tomorrow morning. I really appreciate it. I hope your daughter and grandbaby are doing well. I've been doing my best to keep up with your posts. Best wishes to you and your family. :)

    Ta ta for now... and thanks again!

    Tammy :)
  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,361
    Just wanted you to know that I'm thinking of you and hope that everything goes well. I really hope the injections will give you some much needed relief. Hope to hear from you soon that the procedure went okay.

  • Hi to all,

    I'm home! I got home at 10:30am, had some wheat toast with cantelope and then slept until 2:00pm (it's almost 2:30 here).

    I wound up getting two kinds of nerve blocks and a couple of injections. It was so wonderful to feel numbed up in the tailbone area, during recovery. I visited with several very nice nurses (they wanted to know what I did to my back and tailbone) during recovery and I even referred one nurses's husband to Spine-Health for his lower back problems! They had me sit in a cozy recliner during recovery and I just couldn't believe not feeling any pain while sitting. Again, it was a great feeling. :)

    After I woke up from my long nap, I've had a raging headache and it feels like I caught a flyball with my tailbone... lol. The surface numbing has worn off and I'm starting to ice the area. I have zero pain in my hips and zero pain in my thighs, when I lay on my back. (Another GREAT feeling). I'm sure once the surface area calms down, I'll be feeling really good again. I'm going to lay low, continue to ice the area and probably sleep some more.

    They gave me very light sedation (I had to be able to communicate with my doctor) and I only felt about 5 sharp pokes during the whole procedure. :)

    I will write more later on, just wanted to give a quick update to everyone and thank you for thinking of me!

    Talk to you real soon,

  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,741
    I really hope this works for you! Sorry for not seeing this until now. I just didn't see it, (BAD BOY)! And after you sent me all of this good weather! I was outside enjoying the weather you sent. That's my excuse and I'm stickin' to it.
    Jim ;)
    Click my name to see my Medical history
    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
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