Blocks Take Two

Today I endured my second bilateral occipital nerve block procedure for chronic migraines in the last three months.  The first time I did just fine with a little help from a clonazapam.  But then again, there were only two needle pokes once the doctors located the nerves.

Things did not go as well this time.  Both doctors again had trouble locating my occipital nerves.  They’re difficult to find and seem to hide behind the arteries.  This is just a but daunting as I am laying there trusting the doctors to find the target via ultrasound.  In June once the nerves were located, the needle went in, procedure was over.  Today it was at least six exploratory jabs on my left side and four on the right.  The needles hurt!

But you know what?  I made it through and I’m hopeful.  Something is bound to work sooner or later.  In general, I’m trying to be more positive about things.  I will post more about that another day.  I’m a work in progress on this whole “cut with the negativity” thing.  It’s going to be a challenge, but I believe I’m up to the task.

Will this second round of nerve blocks do the trick?  Time will tell.  And if it doesn’t, I have an awesome pain specialist who is in my corner and has more ideas lined up for the future.  That’s promising.

This post contains my opinions only.  I have to medical expertise.  Please consult a physician before considering ANY treatment for chronic pain.

About andreamarjulie

Just trying to navigate a life circumvented by chronic migraines. Sometimes I write about managing with those, but at other times I am prone to deviate a bit.
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