So many people suffer from chronic pain, so much so that they deal with it using a nerve block procedure. If you are a chronic pain sufferer, you may benefit from a nerve block, depending on where your pain is located. The following is some helpful information you may want to know if you are interested in exploring a nerve block to deal with your chronic pain:
How Does a Nerve Block Work?
A nerve block is used near your pain location to control your symptoms. A nerve block is an outpatient procedure without any sedation other than a local anesthetic. The anesthetic is placed over the painful area. The doctor will use an X-ray to locate the exact nerve they want to block.
Once the nerve is located, the doctor then injects an anesthetic, typically a long-lasting medication. This should keep you pain-free for a short period of time until the pain can be fully diagnosed and permanent treatment procedures can take place. In some cases, your pain relief can last for several months. Your doctor can also prolong the nerve block using steroids if necessary. After the procedure, you should be able to go home the same day.
Once you have a nerve block, your doctor may ask you to keep a daily record of your pain. This lets the doctor know when or if your pain begins to gradually come back so that you can seek further treatment.
Are There Any Side Effects Associated With a Nerve Block?
There is always a risk with any sort of medical procedure. A nerve block is no exception. The doctor must place a needle in your body to administer a nerve block. Any time a needle penetrates your skin, there is a risk of bleeding, possible infection, and potential damage to other bodily structures. You could also experience soreness at the injection site. Your doctor will be sure to discuss any risks associated with your nerve block and how your individual health will impact your reaction to the procedure.
Can a Nerve Block Help You?
You must make the decision as to whether a nerve block will benefit you. Dealing with chronic pain can be debilitating and cause additional issues including depression. A nerve block may provide you with some relief at least temporarily until you can determine what your next step in your treatment plan will be. If you have questions regarding this pain management option, contact a doctor.
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