Pain Relief~Shots in Neck?

United States
April 19, 2007 10:25pm CST
My husband was in a accident at work about 5 years ago. His right hand was crushed and had to be pieced back together. He also had a partial amputation of one finger. He lives in pain everyday, seemingly no matter what drugs they give him. His doctor has decided to have him go to the hospital and get shots in his neck. He explained it as they will push his veins out of the way and put the needle to the back of his neck, to his spine and inject it with something for pain. He will be hooked up to iv pain medications during the procedure. I know that alot of members of mylot have delt with chronic pain. I am asking for your help, have you ever had this done or know anyone who did? How did it go? Did it work? Any other suggestions as to medications that might help him? He has been on Neurontin, Cymbalta, Mobic, Celebrex and all the other NASIDS. He has also tried Vicodin and Percocet. None of these have helped.
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@blazin (175)
• United States
20 Apr 07
You might consider a Tins unit I think they are called. I've also heard of them using Botox for pain management. I hope he feels better soon. http://www.freeiq.com/blazin
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• United States
20 Apr 07
Thank you for your idea! He has actually tried that too, I forgot about that.
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• United States
20 Apr 07
I had the botox injections for pain and they did not work for me in fact I became allergic to them and my neck and shoulders swelled up. I was having over 20 injections at a time in my head.
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@Island_Geko (3760)
• Canada
20 Apr 07
Pain - Hand Pain
I live with chronic pain daily and have been for the past 20+ years...are you talking about a Stellate Ganglia Block? I have had many block, all work for some time but no real relief....Bellow are a few sights on my condition and nerve pain that may help.. Where is his pain is it nerve pain? Is it just in his hand? is it a phantom pain(as a result of an amputation?) http://www.rsdfoundation.org/en/index.html http://www.behavmedfoundation.org/pdf/painamputation1.pdf http://www.amputee-online.com/amputee/phantom.html http://www.stoppain.org/pain_medicine/content/chronicpain/phantom.asp If you have any question please send me a message I would love to help. I would love to be able to use my year of pain to help someone be able to stop theirs before it get to were I am at. Take care and hope I have helped some.
• United States
20 Apr 07
Thank you so much! I do believe that is what the block is called I can't read the doctors handwriting very well :) Yes his pain is nerve pain and it is limited to his hand. He also has phantom pain where the amputation was done. I will check out these links and see if I can find something to help him. Again Thank You!
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• Canada
20 Apr 07
I will hunt for more sight, I have a whole load of them for I get requests for certian information.
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• Canada
20 Apr 07
http://www.rsdrx.com/referred.htm http://history.cit.nih.gov/exhibits/pain/5.htm http://www.jhhs.org/myjewishhospital/encyclopediaHTML/1733.html http://www.ccspublishing.com/journals5a/common_nerve_injuries2.htm
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• United States
20 Apr 07
I have had this done. It was done under xray so they could find the exact spot to put the needle. I got great relief, but I didn't have the injury it sounds your husband has. I get acupuncture to my back and trigger points which helps, but even with that, I sometimes just have to give in and get the narcotic pain killers. Neurontin helped me, but I didn't like the goofy way i felt when on it. I also loved the TENS Unit and plan on buying one for my trigger points. Has the doctor ever talked about fusion?
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• United States
20 Apr 07
I am sorry, maybe I misread...does he have a back/neck injury too? They can implant an electrode that can them be used to help with nerve pain also. I assisted on this procedure many time. My patients had arm pain, some had leg and hip pain and some back pain.
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• United States
20 Apr 07
Oh and no he doesn't have a neck/back injury. I have a back injury from a car accident though. He has a crush injury to all four of his fingers on his right hand, also a partial amputation of his ring finger.
21 Apr 07
Hi princeworthy, my husband has had these shots, he also is in pain everyday, 3 years ago he had an operation to remove his 5th and 6th vertebrate from his neck and replaced with part of his hip bone, he is on morphine and has tried every thing under the sun to cope with the pain as the operation caused bad nerve damage, these injections can help a lot, tell your husband to give it ago, it sounds more scary than it is, can I ask you where do you live, do you have to pay for your health care, I wish your husband a life free from pain.
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• Philippines
21 Apr 07
If all the other medicines fail then you might want to try acupuncture. Here in our country, which is not a Chinese country, people start to resort to that because they've seen a lot of what it can do. It can even get those patients recovering from stroke to get back to their normal activities. I just hope who'll consider this and see the result for yourself and your husband. There's no harm in trying.
• United States
21 Apr 07
I am sure he would consider this but it is also a matter of what we can get the worker's compensation insurance to pay for. He has lifetime benefits but I don't know if they will pay for alternative medicince visits. I will talk this over with his case manager. Thanks!
@brokentia (10396)
• United States
20 Apr 07
Oh my! I am so sorry that I can not say that I have been through this procedure and can contribute more. But I did want to stop by and tell you that you are both in my thoughts and prayers. I do hope that all goes well. And hopefully this will help end his chronic pain. I have chronic migraines and everything the doctors have given me does not work either. And I have tried many medications. But I don't know if I would be able to handle a shot in the neck like that. How long does the pain meds last? Or is it a catheter that stays in his neck and medication administered periodically? I have never heard of this and am very interested. And truly, my heart, thoughts, and well wishes go out to you and yours!
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• United States
20 Apr 07
Thank you hon! I feel the same way! I don't think that I could do that. I just watched a video of it and ouch!
@villageanne (8554)
• United States
20 Apr 07
I have had cronic pain for over 20 years now. My pain is 24 X 7. It gets up to a 10 on the pain scale adn i go to the hospital for 100 mg dimmeral and 50 mg of phenergan. That is the only thing that gives me any relief at all. Most of the medicines you listed are not for pain. Neurontin is for siezuers and can be used for migraines also Cmybalta is for depression and anxiety Precocet is for pain but it has never helped me at all. Nothing takes my pain away but the injection taht I mentioned will take it back down to a 7 so I can walk again at least. I feel for your husband. Unless you have dealed with cronic pain, you cant understand the way it affects you. You cant think or function even to walk. It is a hard way to live. I am sorry that you and your husband is having such a hard time. I will be thinking of you both. I forgot pain makes us cranky and hateful. Dont take it personal when he gets this way.
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• United States
20 Apr 07
I know how it is too. I have had pain in my back since my car accident last year. I haven't been in pain as long as you or he have been, but I know that mine is here to stay. I am lucky that Vicodin helps my pain, at least for now. I will tell him what you have suggested. Thank you!
@weemam (13377)
24 Apr 07
I know nothing about this pal and I can't help really but I just wanted to offer you some comfort as you have been so supportive to me , I will keep you and your husband in my prayers , God Bless you both xx
@mummymo (23707)
21 Apr 07
wow my friend he must be in pain and I feel for you both as I know that this affects the whole family! I have never heard of this kind of pain relief but I hope it works for him! Let us know how things go - please! I will keep you in my prayers sweety! xxx
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• United States
21 Apr 07
My hubby hasn't had those - yet anyway. I think they wanted him to to numb the nerves but he didn't think it would work because his pain is in his lower part of his spine - and shots off pain and numbness into his legs. He rarely takes meds for it though because he is afraid of addiction. He only takes them when it's compeletely unbarable - he's also got a high pain tolorance. I hope that those shots help him out. I know it sucks being in pain all the time. I wish you BOTH well and luck.
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• United States
21 Apr 07
Yes they do work for most people and I know I have chroinic arthitis and pain meds sometimes just didnt help and having kids I dint want to be out of the loop all the time. The fiorst day they do it you feel a little woosey and sick to belly the 2nd and 3rd day you feel so much better. I go every 4 to 6 months to have one done and I still take mobic for swelling, also they put me on a mild water ill and that helped with fluid too. Im no dr but it did work for me and just so you know you should find out what they are giving him cause cortisone as good as it is deterates the bone after a while and becomes ineffecetive for some. You could also talk about a tinge unit implant or the wearing kind it gives electric impulse through the body (small voltage)stimualtes or deadens nerves
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@gemini1960 (1162)
• Philippines
21 Apr 07
i dont heared anyone same as your husband's situation, try searching in the web instead and find out more on some testimonies on some individuals who have been on that kind of medication, i think its kind of a forum thing just cant remember the site.
• China
21 Apr 07
Oh,Best wish to you!