... and osteo-arthritis in t7-t9 constant hot, stabbing, burning, pulling pain. Stretching/Pushing on it hard helps and feels good but 1 minute later the pain returns. I'm 31 and I just started new meds on the 11th. (Tapendatol 50mg 3xday) now after first 5 yrs on anti-depressant/muscle relaxers, last 5 yrs on different types tylenol w/opiods. I have the first branch block on Monday. I'm excited and scared. Any suggestions? I'm in alot of pain, but I don't want to take heavier meds because I need energy to keep up with my (3+1yr old) kids. How many times do folks usually have to repeat this procedure? Is it dangerous? Any info is awesome!