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Nerve block for shoulder surgery?
04-25-2010, 07:05 PM
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Nerve block for shoulder surgery?
I'm having shoulder surgery next week and the doctor informed me that they will be doing a nerve block prior to me being sedated. Needless to say I was not thrilled at the thought, as I have a horrible needle phobia. Took me two months to get up the nerve to do the arthrogram MRI.

Has anyone had this done? If so, how painful was it?

I told the doc about my fear and he did say it was up to me and I could decide the day of surgery. I'm just not sure if the anxiety would be worth it. the only reference I have is a nerve block that was done before I had my achilles tendon rebuilt 10 years ago. I would definitely never do that one again! I'm just hoping for some input :confused: Is it really worth it?
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04-27-2010, 12:00 AM
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RE: Nerve block for shoulder surgery?
ONLY YOU know your pain level and WHAT you are willing to try for relief. If I hurt bad enough, I would do the procedure.

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04-27-2010, 11:10 AM
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RE: Nerve block for shoulder surgery?
i used to have a horrible fear of needles too but after this past 16 months all the poking and proding thats happened there really no biggie anymore..i didnt have the same procedure your haveing done but i did have 3 e.s.i's that were pretty much pain free

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04-27-2010, 12:26 PM
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RE: Nerve block for shoulder surgery?
I had one for a massive rotator cuff tear (Dr's description) I hated the idea of having a dead arm but after it wore off and with the pain level, it was well worth it. If yours is a rotator cuff tear- I would recommend it. I have been through seven major surgeries and this was by far the worst of any of them for pain during recovery.
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04-28-2010, 01:53 AM
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RE: Nerve block for shoulder surgery?
Quote:i used to have a horrible fear of needles too but after this past 16 months all the poking and proding thats happened there really no biggie anymore.

Sure hope I get there tooSmile I have very small veins so it usually takes them 3 or more tries with a butterfly needle...and good luck getting an IV started Rolleyes

Quote:I had one for a massive rotator cuff tear (Dr's description) I hated the idea of having a dead arm but after it wore off and with the pain level, it was well worth it. If yours is a rotator cuff tear- I would recommend it. I have been through seven major surgeries and this was by far the worst of any of them for pain during recovery.

I too have a massive RC tear, labrum tear, bicep tendon tear and they will do a clavicle resection. Everyone I have talked to has also said it was by far the worst pain. I'm already terrified! Thanks for the recommendation.

Talked to the nurse today and she said they will mildly sedate me for the nerve block. Let's just hope they give me too much so I'm way out of it LOL. Think I will take the advice and get it done. Thanks again.
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02-21-2011, 09:51 PM
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RE: Nerve block for shoulder surgery?
I just had shoulder surgery on Jan 14th and I was scared to death of having a needle put in my neck! I couldnt sleep for 3 days! I feel like a fool! I felt a pinch then he said to tell him when I felt it in my arm ( which wasnt painful ) I told him I felt it he started putting in the numbing medicine and That was it! Not a big deal at all and believe me you want it! It is nice ot to have any pain for awhile! I had mine about 9 am and it didnt wear off till about 515 am the next morning! Was awesome I totally recommend it! Hope that helps!
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03-17-2011, 04:51 PM
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RE: Nerve block for shoulder surgery?
I had the supraspinatus anchored about a year ago, lots of pain after- typical- recovery from surgery ok, then had to go back in to get suture knots. This time, they gave me a nerve block, crazy they didnt do it the first time because this time it was less intrusive and they gave it to me.
My point on this post is, they did not tell me my arm would be DEAD for 24 hrs !!! So I laid awake all night thinking they had damaged a nerve and I would never be able to use my arm again. They did not tell me the after effects of the block, and since I had bad pain for the first surgery I thought I would never have my arm again. Even when I called the Doc after hours, he told me it could last up to 12 hrs, 'maybe' longer. No idea on my part it could last for 24 hrs. And added to this was a 'let go' effect, as the drug was letting go, I had tightness in my chest and a spreading of numbness across my (pec) chest that was not apparent until the end, and this had me worried also.
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