I had this procedure done on Monday as the last one I had 6 mths ago didnt work so they went in and did another set of nerves. Does anyone know that if when the procedure was over and I had some relief from the pain due to the numbing solution they put in the nerves does that mean they were in the right location? Now its absolutely killing me pain is twenty times worse then before and Im told it takes up to 30 days to even know if its gonna work or not...
Hi, i know this is the obvious answer, but please talk to your surgeon/doctor, you shouldn't have to be in this much pain. I understand you have been advised that it will take time before you know if it will be successful, but you must be pretty miserable how you are right now. Are you on any pain relief??
I don't know how I missed your question back in May, but better late than never! I had ribs removed due to cancer and the surgery left me with horrible intercostal nerve damage. I went to the Pain Management clinic and intercostal nerve blocks or similar procedures were done monthly for about 6 months. I did not have ablation. I knew during the procedure if they were in the right location. I could feel the burning sensation going all the way around my side to the front with each injection. My pain did not worsen -- it got better. The difference might be because of the condition you are being treated for versus my nerve damage. After 6 months, the blocks wore off in about a week, so we stopped them. I eventually had reconstructive surgery to repair the rib area and now have minimal pain. Intercostal nerve pain is excruciating and debilitating. Just remembering it makes me hold my breath! My heart goes out to you --- I know what you are feeling.
Btw, I was given morphine for the pain before I had reconstructive surgery. So, for the doctor to tell you to take an OTC pain reliever is laughable!! These doctors irritate me to no end. I won't go there because the site will censor me! hehe I wish you the greatest success in your search for relief.
With much empathy,
I had it done 3 years ago and it took at least 2 months to work. I had it done again Valentine's Day 2013 and it took at least 3 months to work. It is very painful at first. Second time didn't work as well but different DR's. Good luck. Learn to think of other things-day dream. Go somewhere in your mind other than pain or daily grind. Good luck. Peggy
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