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Old 11-21-11, 02:15 PM   #1
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I've been struggling with crippling knee pain for almost 2 years now. I finally got an appointment with the chronic pain clinic here in Winnipeg. They want to do a nerve block on my femoral and my sciatic nerves starting tomorrow.

Has anybody ever had one before? I'm scared it's going to hurt a lot. I know in terms of the pain I'm in now it shouldn't be much but I'm really nervous! They're telling me I'm going to get an IV and I HATE ivs! Then they're going to numb the front part of my leg then another needle to inject the medicines for the nerve block. Then they're going to do it all over again on the backside of that leg.

The hope is that once they block the nerve from sending signals then the pain will decrease and I'll be able to get some mobility back again. Maybe for the first time in nearly 2 years I'll be able to walk again.

I'm just super nervous and scared about tomorrow...
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KatS - I just wanted to wish you all the best for your proceedure.
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Thanks Aries.. I'm trying hard to be brave! I'm really hoping it helps with some of the pain, if not all of it. Would sure be nice to be able to at least walk my dog around the block.. though bad timing since winter arrived here last week and dang it's cold! lol
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I might be getting nerve blocks in my shoulders soon, and I am nervous myself. I am not sure what to expect. Please keep us posted on how everything goes. I wish you all the best, and I hope you find relief
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Well DR I don't want to sound too negative but it was NOTHING like I was expecting.

I thought the nerve block worked for like a week or two and I might actually get some time without pain.

Nope. The nerve block only works between 8-24 hours. That's it. I wasn't really impressed that I had to go through so much for only 24 hours.

Started off with they had me see a physiotherapist.. didn't care for her too much she didn't seem to believe me that my knee won't move at all.

Then I saw a nurse who started a pic line for an IV. I thought it was because they were sedating me but apparently it was just so that if anything went wrong they had a vein opened.. just a precautionary measure.

I then saw one of the doctors that was going to do the procedure. He was very nice, and answered all my questions because everything I thought was going to happen, didn't.

So off to the procedure room I went.. they used ultrasound to find my femoral nerve and then did a small needle to freeze the skin, then a slightly larger one to freeze the nerve. It wasn't too bad. Couple of pinches and then it was done.

Worst was the sciatic nerve they did in my butt. Oh my god. First they made me lay in a really uncomfortable position. On my right side but leaning towards the end of the bed, so I was never balanced properly. It took everything I had to be able to stay in that position! Then they tried to find the nerve and couldn't. So they did the freezing needle and then put another needle in and sent electric shocks down it. Once the shocks caused my foot to twitch, then they knew they got the right nerve.
But then comes the fun part! Apparently my butt was so big they had to get a super long needle to try to get the nerve! I know I'm overweight but wow.. that was embarrassing! So then they did that nerve.

The procedure itself wasn't all that bad.. but the parts after have been pure hell.

They put me back in a prep room to get dressed. No sooner did the nurse leave then I fell. I couldn't get back up.. so they had to get the 2 doctors to help me back up. My leg was completely frozen and I had no control over it.. and it just went out from under me.

Then they had me go with the physiotherapist to try to move my knee. Good thing was that the treatment seems to have worked because she got it to move more than it has in 2 years. Bad thing was the absolute AGONY of moving it. We're talking a 15 on a 10 point scale. I still can't figure out how in the world it could hurt so much when I was frozen! I was in tears, gasping for breath and shaking it hurt so badly.. and she kept up with it for almost half an hour.

Then they got me a wheelchair to get me out of the hospital.. and I had a heck of a time getting into the car without my leg giving on me again.

Tonight's not been fun at all. Because that leg is still frozen I can't do much. I can't move with any ease, I have a hell of a time going up and down the stairs and I'm petrified of falling again.

The freezing is starting to wear off and the pain is intense. Absolutely intense. They warned me it would be..partially because of the physio and then partially because of how deep those needles have to go.

I have to go back in a week for another one and I'm honestly dreading it. I really really don't want to go again. Today has been pure hell. The worst really has been the physio and then the numb leg which has caused me more mobility problems than I had before I went in there.

I'm sure with yours being your shoulder it'll be a lot easier :) You'll be able to move around no problem. Like I said, the procedure itself isn't too bad, not a lot of fun but not too bad in the scheme of things. It's been the after care that's been a real bugger but I really do put that down to it being my leg.

I'm sure you'll do fine and I sure hope I don't make you nervous at all! Like I said, most of my problems stem from the body part they did it to. You won't have the mobility problems but you definitely won't be able to use that arm for a day!

Let me know how it goes! Really really really hope I haven't freaked you out at all!
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