Pain Management Community
LOWER LUMBAR PAIN RELIEF
About This Community:

This patient support community is for discussions relating to pain management, chronic pain, arthritis, back pain, cancer, headaches, movement disorders pain, and muscle pain.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

LOWER LUMBAR PAIN RELIEF

What is the difference in nerve block for back pain and epidurals for pain related to back issues?
Is there a progression to the different procedures toward lower lumbar pain management  that pain management doctors usually follow if epidurals do not help? Like epidural, then nerve block, RFA's, then PCEA's.
3112530_tn?1342559764
Not sure I can answer all your questions but here is what I have had. Many years ago I had epidural injections in the spine for degenerative joint disease. My understanding is that they inject a steroid medication to prevent swelling of the area but it is localized to particular vertebrae. I had a couple of these injections and I cannot remember if they helped, it has been many years since. The nerve block or RFA (radio frequency obliteration), the area is more for the muscle as I understand. I have had at least 3 nerve blocks and they helped in the past but do not always work. The latest one that I had did not take. The RFA's deaden the muscle (or so it feels) but the muscle does grow back and so does the nerve involved. (Epidurals are steroid injections to the spine area of the back to prevent swelling)
I may not have all my fact correct here but do some research on theses medical procedures. I don't know what a PCES is so you could educate me there.
Medication only works on the brain perception of pain and not on the nerve itself. Depending on your condition that needs to be treated. Usually the doctor will treat the painful area first but not always depending on the severity of the condition. Wish I could give more information.
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
Pain Management Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
Marathon Running Done Over Many Yea...
May 21 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Article on Multifocal IOL vs &q...
May 21 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
748543_tn?1371753642
Blank
TMJ/TMJ The Connection Between Teet...
Jan 27 by Hamidreza Nassery , DMD, FICOI, FAGDBlank
Top Pain Answerers
7721494_tn?1431631564
Blank
philnoir
Four Corners
547368_tn?1431951756
Blank
Tuckamore
On the Beaches of Paradise, FL
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
remar
st. louis, MO
4851940_tn?1385441629
Blank
jemma116
United Kingdom
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
jerry_all19
655875_tn?1295698707
Blank
RunningMom