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bilatoral foraminal epidural root blocks at c4 & c5?

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Old 04-03-2007, 07:23 AM   #1
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bilatoral foraminal epidural root blocks at c4 & c5?

Hi,I am new to this and I decided to go this route instead of surgery. Could you tell me how long a root block would last and more about the procedure? Did I make a good decision?

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Old 04-04-2007, 09:05 AM   #2
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Re: bilatoral foraminal epidural root blocks at c4 & c5?

BLocks are different for everyone. For some people they provide absolutely no relief. For others, injections settle the pain down for a while, or for others it can take the edge off for a while. THere are some people who manage their condition using blocks for years. You will only know how you will respond once your try them.

Here's advice:

Ask for a dr. that used fluroscope guidance to do these. I would think that is the preferred way for everyone these days, but it is best to ask.

Do rest the whole day after they do it. They will give you instructions to rest, but some people don't listen.

Don't make your mind up if you like it until you have had a series of at least 2 times. Your dr. will tell you how soon to have the 2nd set, the average time is around 2 weeks after the first injections.

Be prepared that your neck or upper back might actually hurt a little more that day, that it normal.

You can search the archives and there are posts here on how the procedure works. THe exact process can be a little different at each place, but generally, you check in, get vitals, then they come do the forms, take you in the little surgical room they do them in, most people have an I.V. line put in, sometimes the dr. will give you a small does of versed (tranquilizer) prior to starting. There is a little sting in the start while dr. numbs the area, after that it is pretty painless, at most there is some uncomfortable feeling for about 15 seconds. THe procedure doesn't last very long. THere are lots of good descriptions with pictures on the internet.

Good luck

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