Hello dear reader,
I’m writing this on my way to my doctor’s appointment in Golden. Tim’s driving, so no need to worry. 😉 We’re going to try a temporary nerve block today. Pain blocking medications will be injected into my head where there are a series of nerves. This should temporarily eliminate at least a large amount of the constant pain in my head. If it works they’ll do it again in 2 weeks. If the second time also has the desired result then I’ll have a procedure to have it done permanently.
I have to admit that I’m nervous. We tried this before (three years ago) and it failed miserably. I spent three days in excruciating pain. So why am I doing it again? That’s a legitimate question. Nerves grow. I’ll bet you didn’t know that. They grow very slowly, but they do grow. That’s why it may work this time.
The chance of it working is worth the risk. I can’t express how much different my life would be if the pain were even just lowered. The days that I hurt too much to function would be the exception, rather than the majority. It would improve the quality of my life exponentially.
One week from today I’ll talk with the doctor about what showed up on the MRI. Even if this procedure today is successful, there are still several other symptoms of the Chiari which need to be dealt with.
Procedure is finished and I’m on my way home. They did three nerves… different from the one they did before. I think it may actually be working. The bottom of my head (where the headaches usually start, at the base of my skull) is numb. It feels very strange. The top part still hurts like hell (I’ve had a pretty major headache since Tuesday evening), but the bottom doesn’t. I have to keep a “pain diary” for the next five hours.
The other strange thing is that I feel woozy…dizzy and a little bit sick to my stomach. That’s strange because they injected directly into the three nerves, sort of like the dentist deadens only the place where the tooth they’re working on is.
I’ll let you know how it all turns out.
Until next time…