O.K. you asked, whether good or bad, mine was painful as hell (sorry, but I'll explain a little)
I had selective nerve blocks done on four different lumbar levels on the same day, and I was not sedated one stinking bit
as I had been in the past for less invasive blocks.
It was done at an out patient surgery center using fluoroscopy, but it was the most painful thing I have ever been through in my life. Maybe because you are having one level done, you will tolerate it better, I will be praying for that
The opinion of two doctors that I had seen after that episode was that the selective nerve blocks should never be done without some type of very light sedation. Yes, you need to be awake and fully aware, but a little versed would have helped me endure the procedure much better, as it will help you as well if you can get the doctor to agree with you. I think if I was a little more relaxed and not so tense, that it would have been a better experience for me.
My old doctor was a complete As* to begin with, but to this day, he still refuses to use sedation for his patients for this type of block, and it sounds as though your doctor prefers it that way as well. (I no longer use him, but I know alot of people that do)
I can tolerate pain quite well, but I wish I knew then to demand that little bit of sedation.
I don't mean to scare you in any way, and I'm sorry if I did, but I speak the truth, I'm just one person sharing my experience with others in hopes they can avoid the same mistakes I made in the past.
I will be praying that you tolerate the procedure with no problems
and I hope that you can come back and tell me that it was a piece of cake, because that is what I want for you, a better outcome than I had.
Please keep us informed as to how you make out.
Two level laminectomy fusion L5-S1 & L2-3 done on 12/6/02.
I regret the day that I agreed to have this surgery.
Fifteen inch scar from the very top of butt crack (sorry), to the bra line.
BAK cages, rods & screws.(Titanium)
My pelvic bone was used for grafting.
Praying that the other two discs in between, won't have to be fused later, as I was told it was a possibility, due to the other two discs in between, not being in that great of shape.
Doc didn't want to fuse four levels, unless it is really necessary.
I would hate to repeat the surgery, as the recovery period, is so very painful.
I also have a free fragment in my T11-12 area, that I'm still refusing surgery for, at this point in time.
That surgery is way too dangerous for me to consider, until if affects my being able to walk.
[This message has been edited by BAXTER (edited 06-18-2003).]