Re: Karen hypogastric plexus block

From: Bernie and Beverly Doucette (
Fri Apr 28 13:28:18 2000


I don't know if you are a member of this group yet or not.....I can't tell as it appears that you are responding to an old posting and I don't remember seeing any of your prior postings. I cannot give you any information on the nerve blocks....altho I am pretty surprised to see that you have gotten them for interstitial cystitis. I would like to be able to correspond with you regarding the interstitial cystitis....if you would like. Please write to me privately at . I believe we probably have a lot in common and perhaps I can give you some assistance.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Karla N.

>----- Original Message -----
From: Jackie <> To: Multiple recipients of list ADHESIONS <> Sent: Friday, April 28, 2000 12:57 PM Subject: Re: Karen hypogastric plexus block

> Hi Karen,
> I had this procedure done to help with interstitial cystitis. Anyway,
> the procedure itself was not painful, but afterwards the cystitis came
> back worse and now my right leg has fallen asleep (I had the procedure
> performed Monday and today is Friday). My doctor and the nurses have
> told me very little about what to expect, is it normal to have feeling
> in your legs for four days after the procedure and then lose the feeling
> on the fourth day? This is really worrying me. My doctor wants me to
> get this procedure done again in a month, but nothing beneficial has
> come from the first one. Does it start to have an affect after the
> second shot or is this just waisting my time and causing uneeded
> anxiety? Any thoughts would be appreciated:) Thank you Jackie
> At Sun, 26 Dec 1999, Kimmi wrote:
> >
> >Karen,
> >I have this procedure done twice. They were doing this procedure as
> >test procedure if we got good results from this procedure they were
> >going to recommend having the abdomen nerves cut. Nerve blocks can be
> >great if they are blocking a certain area like an ovary nerve for
> >example.For me they were trying to block many areas.Anyways the first
> >nerve block failed completely,you could see when he injected the dyes
> >that it would come to a complete stop because of the adhesions.I
> >returned to the pain clinic a week or so later we I agreed to try
> >another nerve block. I have to tell you this was an extremely painful
> >procedure.
> >The first was worse than the second,You are fully awake for this
> >procedure where they took the scope through the back into the
> >abdomen,they have to be extremely careful not to hit the other
> >nerves,especially the main nerve which is the largest nerve that runs to
> >your leg,having you wake if they poke the nerve they know they need to
> >back off and adjust,he poked a few of the nerves and gave one good poke
> >to my leg nerve which went up and crashed down on the table.I lost
> >complete feeling in my leg for several days and regained feeling slowly
> >over the next 10 days.Anyways I agreed to the procedure a second
> >time,this time the block worked at 45 percent,We were happy with the
> >result any relief is better than no relief,so we set up an appt with a
> >specialist in Boston,I then went to see him and we discussed cutting the
> >nerves in the abdomen.After our discussion and review of my chart he
> >decided I was not a good canidate for this surgery.Even though I was
> >willing to take the chances and risk that went along with this procedure
> >he would not,the surgery would of only blocked pain in my mid area,pain
> >on the right and left would not change,and I have pain in the entire
> >abdomen not just mid line down. So depending on your area and problems
> >the procedure may help you and I hope it will,if you have any questions
> >about the procedure I would be happy to share more..Hugs
> >Kimmi

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