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Backfired ganglion block for CRPS

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Old 03-16-2017, 03:24 PM   #1
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Backfired ganglion block for CRPS

I had my first stellate ganglion block done yesterday. It did not help at all. I still had pain in recovery. After the anesthesia wore off, my CRPS got even worse! I had a mild case until then. My hand started sweating really bad, redness from my hand all the way up the arm and severe pain and burning. Has anyone else had this kind of reaction after their first one?

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Old 05-10-2017, 01:50 PM   #2
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Re: Backfired ganglion block for CRPS

I am scheduled to have 2 stellate ganglion blocks next week and a third one the next week. I am wondering if I should have them. Has anyone had a good experience with these blocks?

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Old 07-06-2017, 04:07 AM   #3
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Re: Backfired ganglion block for CRPS

I have lower limb RSD/CRPS and I had a similar experience to yours with a lumbar sympathetic block. The warming of the limb was immediate, along with redness and the sensation of sweating, but any relief I was supposed to receive from the block wore off within a day. Because of the immediate fail, no further blocks were recommended. (I love my Doctor)

It was a very unpleasant procedure for me and I experienced what can only described as "aftershocks" for quite some time afterward. I felt as if I was zapped by an electric prod at the injection site. It happened at random times and it didn't matter if I was upright or reclined. It was enough of a shocking sensation that it interrupted conversations and often awakened me, even after being exhausted from insomnia. I dealt with that for well over a year after a single blockade.

I won't say that the procedure made the RSD/CRPS worse, but it added a little extra dimension (just for kicks? ).

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