Re: Nerve Block
I have had two nerve blocks and they are very similiar to a epidural injection. They will call you back, start an iv, have you lay on a table on your tummy, clean your back with betadine, spray your back with numbing stuff, under fluroscopy, may or may not give you some versed, they will numb/block a particular nerve root which will let the doc know if you this particular level is your problem level, and they may inject steroids at the same time. It is done in 10 minutes top and they take you to recovery. The doc will talk to you and see how you are feeling. Based upon your answers he will determine if the correct level was injected or not.
On the day of the procedure you must have your normal pain.
The length of pain varies just like with the epidural injections. My relief was very short in duration unfortunately. Some people will have 6 weeks.