I NEED HELP? I have a plethora of back and neck problems! I have three herniated disc in my neck, two bulging disc in Lumbar, two fractures in the thoracic (The curvature in this area caused scoliosis), spinal stenosis, cord compression, pinched nerves, damage nerves, et al. I receive injections in my neck, and nerve blocks in my lumbar. I WAS CURIOUS IS EPIDURALS AND NERVE BLOCKS THE SAME THING? And if anyone knows, please advise me on any injections they do in the thoracic area. I've been very apprehensive about any injections in the thoracic area; As I have a concern about an injection puncturing my heart. Any and all feedback is appreciated. And I am so thankful that I found this support group. As it has been very helpful to me thus far.
Are epidurals and nerve blocks the same thing?
- 2 Mar 2014 by Amiyah
- 8 March 2014
- back pain, scoliosis, herniated disc, nerves, nerve, fracture, epidural, nerve block
Added 2 Mar 2014:
Also, because of the severe chronic pain I experience from the two fractures, I'm to the point of considering surgery! So I would appreciate any information anyone has on procedures or surgeries that could be recommended for.
My understanding, is that the epidurals are short-term, nerve blocks are long term or permanent. I've had both, for different reasons, and they haven't worked. I had a fusion at L5 – S1, but that didn't work either. My solution was having a stimulator inserted in my back. It's been the only thing that saved me. Look up Boston scientific. That's the company that has helped me. They can even recommend a doctor in your area that works with them. It doesn't fix anything, but it masks the pain so you're not having to take so many narcotics.
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