Re: Pelvic pain and swelling after Lower lumbar Sympathetic nerve block L3/4 area
I hate to say it but it probably is from the nerve block. I have had three nerve blocks; one of them was in Aug, the other two were in December. The two in December were a week apart. The first one was WONDERFUL!!! It gave me so much relief from my pain and the only pain I was dealing with was from my ankle injury (torn tendon). When the pain and sensitivity started coming back, my pain management doctor wanted to do two nerve blocks a week apart plus my physical therapy the same day. So I did the block and physical therapy. I had more pain that week after having the block than I did before having the block. I couldn't wait for the second nerve block so that it would take away the pain I was having! Well, that second nerve block made it to where I had a hard time walking for over a week! I had it done on December 17th and as I am typing this, it is December 30th. I still have back pain and still have a hard time walking. If I do to much, I am in so much pain! I was not dealing with these things before the blocks. What I am thinking happened (and I cant say for sure because I am not a doctor), I think it just moved the CRPS up a notch. There are different levels with this disease. When I first started out, I was told I had a very mild case of it. Now, since I did these nerve blocks, not so mild! One of my friends has a very severe case of CRPS and what she told me is that this condition has a mind all its own. Sometimes when we do procedures, it will kick against it so to speak and instead of the procedure being a help, it makes it worse instead. Or....the doctor very well could have hit something wrong and of course, he isn't going to tell you that he did! Are you seeing a different pain management doctor or are you still seeing the same one?