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southsidegirl posted:
Hi all
So I'm supposed to have my second lumbar medial branch block test done next week. I had the first one yesterday and it was successful in that my back pain was relieved almost completely. For some reason they have to do this horrible test again before doing an actual rhizotomy. I'm scared to death about the rhizotomy. This test hurt pretty freakin bad and the incredibly uncompassionate nurse working with me yesterday told me that " Oh no the rhizotomy is worse. Yeah they can't give you sedation. Some people tolerate it just fine, and some scream through the whole thing. You know, some people just have a lot of anxiety. If you change your mind just call and cancel". Wow, really Nurse Ratchett? Thank you! So tell me people, how much worse is the actual rhizotomy that the test? Also, from what I've been reading the CAN give you some sedation, as long as you are alert enough to tell them when you feel pain. Can anyone give me some insight here? I'm more freaked out about this than I was about having bypass surgery because at least there I knew I would be anesthetized!

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