Re: Celiac Plexus Block

From: Kim (
Sat Jan 16 09:45:23 2010

Good luck with your procedure. I am very afraid of doing this but my pain doc keeps telling me I should do it. Why did it take 2 years to have it done? How do they know where to put the block? Please post how it goes as I am interested. Thanks Kim

At Thu, 14 Jan 2010, IAS Admin wrote: >
>From: [] On Behalf Of
>Sent: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 11:13 AM
>Subject: Celiac Plexus Block
> Well tomorrow is the day I have been waiting for, for about 2 years. I am
>going in for my Celiac Plexus Block. I am a bit apprehensive about it all,
>but thank God that I am not having an abdominal surgery. I don't remember
if >I explained the process. It is the same procedure that is used on
Pancreatic >Cancer patients. The Doctor does an esophegial ultra sound using a special
>ultra sound wand with a camera in it to find the exact area where the block
>will be put, then a needle is in the ultra sound wand? itself. They put in
>an alcohol based solution with a steroid. My Gastro says it may lower my
>pain level, then it will start to raise again. That is when you get another
>pain block. You go in for a series of 3. It can last up to six months. It
>just lowers the pain level. Basically masks the pain like the pain meds do,
>but much more intense.
>I would love to have the adhesions taken care of, but... that's another
>story. I have had my pain intensify the past few weeks, and have noticed a
>knot right in the area where I had an incision for adhesion surgery. You
can >visibly see the knot and when I feel it, and around it, it feels to be the
>size of a fifty cent piece.  It feels like a round mass.I have very sharp
>pain there to the point that I am only able to walk around to do things
>maybe 5 min. at a time. It has just come on. I will ask the Doctors about
it >tomorow if I get the chance and get to see them before they put me out. I
am >a bit scared about it, just must be because of the unknown. Thanks everyone
>for being there and always listening. I have just met wonderful people
>through this website :). I will post to let you all know how
>it all went on Thursday. We Probably won't get home until 8:00 PM or later.
>We live about 1 1/4 hours away from OHSU. Cheryl

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