Re: Nerve Block for spinal stenosis?
If I were you, I would take my mother to get a second opinion about what needs to be done. It is true that a nerve block might be helpful for stenosis (I have it at 4 levels) but no one has suggested it for me. No one should have more than 3 steroid injections in one (1) years time....it can cause bone loss and other problems. With your mothers age, I would think the dr. would be especially cautious about that. Has she ever been tested for ostoporosis? If not, she should be as soon as possible.
Rather than a pain management specialist, I think she needs either a neurosurgeon or an orthopedic spine specialist with a fellowship (an extra year of intense training on the spine only). Is she in general good health? There are so many things that go into making these decisions that I am uncomfortable about advising her to do it or not to do it. I, too, question why he didn't do this first. If you do decide to allow it, make sure he does a "test" first by injecting only local numbing medication. If that helps her pain, then he would do the actual injection. Be sure he is using fluoroscopy (like an x-ray) or don't allow him to do it at all.
You are probably more confused than ever, and I'm sorry, but gosh there is so much information to share. I hope, no matter what she does, that your mom fares well.
2 lami's, 3 fusions
bone spur removal
cerv. fusion, 1 level