Nerve Blocks FAQ

1I Have Been in Pain for Many Years. Can This Treatment Work for Me?
Many people, some of whom had been suffering from as long as 40 years, have obtained relief from either of these treatments.
2How Do I Know If This Is Right for Me?
If your pain is due to nerve damage, then nerve blocks are likely to help. With nerve damage, pressing on the affected area will cause pain. You will also have pain at rest.
3Are These Treatments Painful?
Most nerve blocks treatments are almost painless: the needle used to inject the sugar solution under the skin is approximately the size of a hair. With this treatment, the pain relief is almost immediate: it comes within a few seconds of the injection.
4Once the Pain Is Gone, How Long Will I Be Pain Free?
With nerve blocks, at the end of the first session, you should be pain free for anywhere from two hours to four days. If your pain comes back within an hour of the session, it is unlikely that nerve blocks will work for you. Other treatments, like prolotherapy may be needed. With every session, you remain pain-free for longer and longer periods until your pain doesn’t come back. It may never come back after that.
5I Have Been Told I Need Surgery. Should I Consider This Treatment as an Alternative?
For some people, surgery is the only way to repair damage to the body. It might be worth trying this treatment while you are waiting for surgery, as it is safe, has few side effects, and you can always cancel the surgery if you find your symptoms are relieved.
6Does This Treatments Work All the Time?
To my knowledge, no treatment works all the time. You can expect nerve blocks to work approximately 85% of the time.
7Will I Have to Come Back? How Often?
At first, nerve blocks only gives temporary relief, and you have to come back about once a week for about a month. Then, as you remain pain-free for longer and longer periods, you come back about once every other week for another two months or so.
8Does This Mean I Can Stop My Pain Medication?
Many people who undergo nerve blocks have been on narcotics and nerve pain medicine for a long time. Once you are pain free, you can certainly stop your pain medication, but it is better to do it slowly to avoid withdrawal symptoms. A pharmacist, associated with the clinic, will counsel you on how to proceed.
9Should I Be Taking Anti-inflammatory Medication to Control My Pain?
If you are undergoing nerve blocks, you can take anti-inflammatory medication or any other medication.
10Are There Any Side Effects?
When you are undergoing nerve blocks that you may have bruising and there is a very slight risk of skin infection or allergy to the sugar, related solution which is injected.