Second Nerve Block Done
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I've posted bits & pieces of this on different teams I belong to in order to answer questions & thought I'd put it together in one spot.
Posted late last night or early this morning depending on how you look at it:
I had my Stellate Ganglion Nerve Block yesterday (Monday) & it went well. Only two painful sticks, one for the IV & one for the block. I think they waited a little too close to the block to give the versed. I remember more about this second one. Ouch! I was past out all evening from the versed & now I'm awake. That's okay. My neck is starting to hurt a little so I'm using this time to ice it. I'll take a Lunesta in a little while & get some more sleep.
Yes, I did some more sleep. Yeah!
Posted earlier today to answer a question about pain relief:
As for pain relief, this type of injection is different than most. It might give me a 5% reduction in pain this time. Not quite sure how to judge that. LOL. What I have gotten that probably won't last for more than a day or so is a little more ROM in my fingers. This gives me hope that I can still regain full use of my hand. This nerve block is injected into the ganglion nerve cells beside the voice box with the hope of disrupting the sympathetic nervous system & can take several injections to see lasting results. A standard series is 5 injection, but it can take upwards of 20. That is if it works.
My neck is sore today, but nothing like last time. I'm taking better care of myself this time. Guess I learned a lesson last time. I'm resting, icing my neck & shoulder & taking a muscle relaxer
I'm hoping to get back to my exercise routine tomorrow, but I'm willing to wait until I'm ready.
I had to add this story about my cat on to share with everyone.
What is it with cats? Mine scared me half to death yesterday. After I work up from the Versed induced nap, I thought I'd sit on the back porch & get a little sun. Smokey, my cat, was lying in the yard completely still. I couldn't see him breathing so I called his name. Nothing. So I walked over still calling his name. Nothing. I walked all the way around him at which point he jumped up & ran away. Take about having a heart attack. I guess he was getting in an early April Fools Joke.