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Hell on Earth after sub-occiptal nerve block....
An_253975 posted:
Crap I had just typed a whole freaking page of stuff and lost it, okay anyways I am 24, been diagnosed with migraines and status migranosis. I use to give myself shots of imtrex that's how bad they were well, I live in a small town and know my PCP and he wrote me a script for percoet which was a life saver. My PCP then started his own pain clicnic where he ins't a doctor, just over sees stuff okay well I usually went to ER 3-4 times a month to get headache aborted but this cost 2-3,000 dollars. Well the guy I see now at the pain clinic said if I ever had one that the abortive medication did work to come in and get a Sub-Occipital Nerve-block in the next following days it felt like someone had stabbed me in the base of skull with a burning red hot knife, right at the base of my skull, and neck, I told the FNP about it and he was like you probably jjust slept on it wrong well it hasn't stopped. Besides for when I got the block 1 more time in June.... It still hurt' just as bad and my pain doctor just shrugs it off. normally he would go super inquisitive and exclaimed that, there's no way it's from the nerve blocks he gave me the shot up higher than that, before the nerve blocks I could go 2-3 days w/o pain and right now its 24/7 now I have 0 relief besides when i take my roxicodone..... I figured it would at least be healed but now it just terrible not one single day w/o this horrible also I do not want to be taking my abortive medicine for this issue. It has been 4 months and still feels just as bad as the days it did afterwards. Another thing, the roxi doesn't get rid o f it, just takes it from a 10 to a 6/8ish... Anyways What do you think happened? It's obviously permanent nerve damage should I try to file a suit? I don't know I am just so upset my life was going so great and now I've got this bovine feces it makes it incredible hard to turn my head and or laying down... It seriously feels exactly like someone has a scorched red hot knife going into my neck and skull, and it's definitely from getting the nerve damaged or something, I am not sure... What are your thoughts? What would you do? And what are your thoughts on what could have happened? Should I file a suit? It seriously has done major damage to my life, since i've been writing this I had to get up about 10 times... My quality of life is now feces and I don't know what do I've tried all OTC meds and pain meds to no avail... Also doctors/neurologist what do you think happened? Will it ever heal or isit going to be like this the rest of my life? Please read and let me know, and what is the worst case scenario? Could he had done permanent damage? I want to wear one of those car wreck braces constantly so i don't feel like i'm getting stabbed Sorry this was o long i am just very saddened .... I am not the type of person to sue and I didn't sign anything saying I wouldn't...Do you think I have a basis for a lawsuit? I cannot keep a job as i work in tech support and just sitting here staring at screen is causing me terrible pain.... any advice would be appreciated and the last thing I want to do is sue a doctor who has helped me so much but i can't even drive my car anymore and can barely turn my head without being in excruciating pain

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jerib101 responded:
I feel your pain! I went in for a pain block for a ruptured disk in my back and now the disk space they went into for the block is the most painful part of my back! I read through your entire post and can tell you are in pain and that impacts our ability to think and speak and problem solve because all we can do is concentrate on the pain! I've been dealing with my pain management since 1998. I realized very quickly I needed to do my own research before going to my doctor. I love my doctor! She does research with me! If you don't like your doc and you aren't being treated well find a new one!!! A lot of docs don't like to treat pain because there is no cure and no good outcome. If you are like me you just want to get the pain to a manageable level. I stay around a 5 or 6 but it does make a difference in quality of life! We will never be pain free! I applied for disability and was turned down 3 times! You really need a disability attorney to guide you through the system and it helps keep you from being turned down. Disability attorneys do not charge you unless they win. If you are turned down try again!!!! This is a long process so in the meantime you should be following other avenues! This could also be a malpractice suit so you need to talk to the attorney about that! Go online and search for pain management specialists. I personally didn't like the pain guy I found and went back to my primary care physician. I researched treatment plans and we started with Lortab's but they don't touch pain sometimes and they mess up your liver!! Oxycontin was better and lasts for 12 hours instead of 8. If I was you I would try going to a chiropractor and if that doesn't work try accupuncture. It is being practiced in the states much more than it used to. Physical Therapy could also help with the limitation of motion and pain in your neck! Pinched nerves can cause referred pain which is pain that occurs away from the point of pinched nerves. For example I have nerves pinched in my upper back and neck but the pain radiates out across my back and down my arms and down my legs. My doctor and I finally settled on Fentanyl/Duragesic patches which I wear for 3 days and I get a slow release of medicine over 72 hours. It has been a blessing for me. I am still in pain but my levels are manageable.

Do your research!! Check and see if your doctor has any malpractice suits against them and if any of them are from the same problem. Research your symptoms and work with your doctor on trying different approaches. You'd be amazed at what chiropractic can do if you have disks out of place. You have to go for several sessions and give it a chance to work! Also check out the chiropractor you choose for malpractice or law suits. One think you might think is silly is keeping a migraine calendar. Write down what you eat every day and see if you are triggering your migraines. Seems simple but there is a long list of foods that your body may be reacting to and your body response is head and neck pain!

But first! Find a good disability lawyer. Get the process started. If you win they pay you from the day you apply for it so if it takes you 3 years to be approved you get back pay for 3 years!

Good Luck! Research, Research, Research!!
An_254154 responded:
I had a similar problem with a nerve block and it took a while but it went away with alternating cols and moist heat just be careful not to jet burned either way and only leave it on for twenty minutes at a time nerves grow back but it takes time, and gently work the muscle so you don't end up letting them atrophy
Anon_2712 responded:
Focus first on resolving the pain, and leave the lawyers for another day. After all, the lawyer is not going to make you feel better, and you are way better off with the pain resolved, and back to work at a job that pays much better than what you would get for disability. Have you seen a neurologist yet? That's not clear from your text, since the pain doc could be either a family practice/internal medicine, or an anesthesiologist, but probably not a neurologist. The neurologist could do some nerve studies that might be helpful in finding out whether your pain is a result of any type of permanent damage (something you'd need for a disability application or legal action anyway.) He could also get you started on something more effective for your migraines than what you've been using (you hadn't mentioned specifically what your routine was, other than the Percocet, but if you're ending up in the ER that often, it's clearly not effective enough.) Even if you had to travel several hours to see a board certified neurologist, it would be time and money well spent. .

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