... 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!
A branch block, as I understand it, is that they use something like lidocaine to numb the area. I had several similar procedures, but they didn't work for me. Everyone is different so yours may help. I know you feelings of being excited and scared. I never got used to them. I have been talking to some about an herb called Kratom. I am experimenting with it now and am having fairly good results. It can be strong, but YOU can control the dosage on how much you take. As far as how many times? That depends on you. If it doesn't help, I wouldn't do it again. As far as it being dangerous, they make you sign a form stating that anything is possible, but I believe it should be a safe procedure. You will have to take it easy after the procedure for several hours, so try to get a baby-sitter.
For the neck I would not allow this procedure more than twice. You much consider that the neck is the central channel of nerves to the brain. They do it wrong oops, you may have the possiblity of not walking. Also never have a fusion again as they can not do anything for you later. They (doctors) know this and continue doing this procedure. It is the almighty $$$$$.
I would go to the NAABT.org web page and request a doctor that can prescribe Subutex. This needs a special DEA license. That site will talk about Suboxone and Subutex, yep you are there. If a doctor can prescribe Suboxone they can also prescribe Subutex.
Any "t" is thoracic vertabrae. The neck is "c" for cervical. A branch block is something like shooting lidocaine in the area where they believe the pain is coming from.
I had this procedure done before, but it didn't work for me. You will need a babysitter, because you will have to take it easy. I have mentioned to others that I started using Kratom for pain and other issues and it has been helpful. It is legal and not an opiate. It is in the same family as the coffee plant. Best wishes with your procedure.
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