Re: Nerve blocks and "conscious sedation"...question
[QUOTE=coles mom]I am new to this particular board here and very glad that I found it. Monday I am going for a nerve block with my PM dr. I was told that he would be using "conscious sedation". *I* was under the impression that meant that I wouldn't really know what was going on but I would be awake (for all practicaly purposes). But my cousin, who also attends the same clinic, said that she was under what is called "conscious sedation" and she was FULLY aware of what was going on and that it was quite painful.
I am scared to death. My back hurts bad enough as it is and I am so afraid something is going to go wrong or that it won't work or it will make it worse. It doesn't help matters that I can't eat after midnight on Sunday and my procedure isn't until 2 or 3 p.m.! We also have a 2 hour drive/ride to and from the hospital. (which my husband will be driving)
Can anyone tell me their experience with "conscious sedation"? I have a history of being EXTREMELY non sensative to pain meds and drugs that make you sleepy. Generally it takes more anesthesia to put me to sleep for surgeries than most (normal) people. I just have a high tolerance. I am really frightened.
As you can see by my signature below I have some experience. I had two nerve blocks last summer with sedative. Remember that a nerve block is a diagnostic tool to determine what area your pain is coming from so if you are too sedate it is hard to objectively determine your results. This past week I had THREE nerve blocks at different levels of my lumbar spine for diagnostic purposes. They were all done 20 minutes apart with NO sedative so I could better identify results. I am not bragging here but it can be done. The key here is to RELAX and think positively and say a small prayer. It helps if the Dr. is good. Mine was.
Be strong, RELAX, and be positive. Don't worry. You can do it!
1990-Myelogram=L4-5 LAMINECTOMY.1998-Myelogram,Discogram,CTscan=L 4-5 FUSION w/BAK cages. 2002-Prolotherapy injections. 2003-April-MRI Lumbar spine=DDD,bulges,arthritis,low disc height,Physical Therapy.2003-May-MRI Thorasic spine=Two herniations displacing nerve roots.2003-July-Nerve blocks/epidurals; 2003-August-L5/S1 FORAMENOTOMY.2003-October-Lumbar Discogram=2003-December-L5/S1 FUSION w/BMP/LT cages. 2004-Jan-Pain much worse than before surgery. CTscan & L1/L2 nerve block & Myelogram.