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Curtis and Tav

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Curtis goes in for a nerve block tomorrow at 1pm. Originally we were going to do a temporary one, but have decided to do a permanent one (lasts 3-6 months). The nerve block is scheduled for 3pm. Here is info on how the nerve block works:

A nerve block relieves pain by interrupting how pain signals are sent to your brain. It is done by injecting a substance, such as alcohol or phenol, into or around a nerve or into the spine.

Nerve blocks are used to treat chronic pain when drugs or other treatments do not control pain or cause bad side effects. A test block is usually performed with local anesthetic. If you achieve good pain relief from the local anesthetic, your doctor may inject a nerve block, such as alcohol or phenol.

Nerve blocks numb the nerves touched by the drugs. This relieves pain by interrupting the pain signal sent by the nerves to your brain. Depending on the type of nerve block, your pain may be numbed for a short time or a long time.

Nerve blocks for chronic pain may work for 6 to 12 months. They may have to be repeated.

Nerve blocks are used to diagnose the causes of pain. They also are used to treat chronic pain when drugs or other treatments cause bad side effects or do not control pain.
Nerve blocks often relieve pain. They work well in pain control for people who have advanced cancer and painful nerve conditions.1

Nerve blocks work especially well for some types of cancer pain, such as pain from cancer in organs such as the pancreas.

Nerve blocks can cause serious complications, including paralysis and damage to the arteries that supply blood to the spinal cord. Other possible side effects include severely low blood pressure (hypotension), accidental injection of the alcohol or phenol into an artery, puncture of the lung, damage to the kidneys, diarrhea, and weakness in the legs.

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