Re: nerve blocks in neck???????
As a young girl, I had severe asthma. As a result, I would be in the hospital for a week in an oxygen tent, go home, have another attack and be back in the hospital for another week.
To get my asthma under control, I had to undergo tests to find what I was allergic to. (Sorry for ending the sentence with a preposition - cannot think clearly.) This required getting about 20 small injections at a time in one of my arms. This was done several times and then was repeated to verify what caused my allergies. I found that if I looked away and did not think about it, I could barely notice the needle. The trick is to not tighten up the muscle while you are getting the injection. The needle goes right in with no problem at all. 99 percent of the pain comes from tightening the muscle while getting the shot.
We have all pricked ourselves while sewing, cut ourselves when slicing veggies, etc. Imagine how much worse it would feel if at first someone chased you with a needle in order to ***** your finger or ran after you with a paring knife to cut your finger! The pain would be that much worse because you were afraid.
As for me, I would much rather feel the slight ***** of a flu shot instead of lying in bed for days with chills, fever, muscle pain, and a headache. You KNOW that RSD is really really bad. Getting a block or epidural may bring you the relief you seek rather than dealing with the same pain day after day.
Good luck!! I hope you find a way to ease your pain.
PS: I was 8-9 years old when first underwent the allergy tests and got 2 shots bi-weekly until I was married and had children. The shots allowed me to have a normal life. What a blessing!