Today was a rather painful day just waking up but I knew that soon I had an appointment with pain management so I wasn’t too worried about the pain. I went in around 10:30 and was seen at 10:31, must have been a slow day.
I waited for 4 minutes after my vitals were taken to see my doctor. When she walked in she immediately commented that my head was pitched to the left in the direction of the pain.
We spoke a lot about upcoming procedures and about the upcoming nerve conduction study I’m having to plan injections around it. So since my NCD test will probably be more than a month away, we decided on a few things and scheduled them all. In two weeks I’m getting a diagnostic injection called a medial branch block to test one joint to see if it is ablatable. If the medial branch block works I should have pain relief for no longer than 24 hours in that joint. That means it works and that the nerve root can be ablated.
2 weeks after that injection, I have a morning appointment with the doctor to give her my thoughts of the medial branch block and then following that I have a 3 level left side ablation: c2/c3, c3/c4, c4/c5. Finally we are attacking the left side as they’ve primarily only attacked my right side even though the MRIs all show the primary areas of pain are on the left side. This procedure should give me a long lasting pain relief on the left side just like the previous ablations have given me. On top of the ablations I have the doctor give me a small facet block so it stops the pain from the ablation. (The ablation sets off the body’s traumatic reaction system and inflames the area causing more pain hence a facet block on top to stop this pain)
I’m looking forward to these injections and know they will greatly help my situation.