Chest Pain- Scar Tissue- Pain Management OKC

Pain Management OKC: Aiding With Chest Scar Tissue Pain After Surgery

Pain Management OKC: The Use Of Intercostal Nerve Blocks

Have you had chest surgery? Does the area around your scar still cause you pain? It’s quite possible after an operation to feel some pain in and around the scar area after chest surgery. It can often last for weeks. Our pain management OKC specialists are here to tell you that there is something you can do about it, besides just waiting for it to go away naturally.

The cause of scar tissue pain is usually due to damage to a skin nerve, or when a nerve is being squeezed by the scar tissue. Common complaints from patients include descriptions of a continuous nerve pain with seemingly abrupt stabbing pains. For some patients experiencing these problems, our pain management OKC solution of using intercostal nerve blocks may offer some relief.

The steroid injected reduces the inflammation, or swelling, of the tissue around the intercostal nerves located between the ribs or in the chest wall. The actual injection takes only a few minutes to complete and involves our OKC pain management specialist inserting a needle through skin and deeper tissues. There may be some pain involved; however, the skin and deeper tissues are numbed with a local anesthetic using a very thin needle during the performance of the block.

Our pain management OKC staff would recommend that you rest for a while in the office, but most patients can drive themselves home. We advise the patient to take it easy for several hours after the procedure and to apply ice to the injected area. After that, you are safe to perform any activity you can tolerate. If you respond to the injections, you may be recommended for additional injections when the symptoms return.

If your scar pain from chest surgery is too much to handle without a little help, don’t hesitate to give us a call. To make an appointment with our pain management OKC specialists, please call us at 405-751-0011.

Back Pain- Discogram- Pain Management OKC

How Pain Management OKC Specialists Detect Damaged Discs

Pain Management OKC: Performing Discograms

As you age or get injured it can be common for spinal discs to become cracked, torn, or to develop fissures. This condition is called internal disc disruption or degenerative disc disease. Overtime, the weakened disc can begin to bulge causing a herniated disc. You may feel the pain in the neck or back, but not be exactly certain as to whether you have a damaged disc. Often times, our pain management OKC specialists can help provide a few answers with a discogram.

A discogram can typically help our pain management OKC specialists to determine both whether your pain is actually caused by a damaged disc and which disc is the culprit of the pain. Sometimes, patients may have multiple damaged discs.

To determine where the pain is coming from the discogram procedure is performed using fluoroscopic x-ray guidance. Our pain management OKC discograms are performed under sterile conditions and intravenous antibiotics are given to patients prior to the procedure. Sedation is provided to help you be comfortable and relaxed while you’re being monitored with an EKG.

After proper cleansing of the skin is complete, a needle is passed under x-ray guidance into the disc or discs to be studied. The pain management OKC specialist asks the patient questions about pain levels as the procedure continues to gage abnormalities. The entire procedure may take 20-30 minutes per level injections. Most patients are recommended to rest for 2-3 days after the injection.

After testing is completed, a treatment plan can be planned for you.

Do you feel as though you may be suffering from a damaged disc or a few? If so, one of the best ways to find out for certain is via a discogram test. We’d be happy to help determine your source of pain and provide some much needed answers.

To make an appointment with our pain management OKC specialists, please call us at 405-751-0011.

Stomach Cancer Cell- Pain Management OKC

Pain Management OKC: Reducing Stomach Cancer Pain

Pain Management OKC: Utilizing Celiac Plexus Block Injections

If you have stomach cancer it can be a very confusing time in your life. You may not understand why it happened to you. Even scientists are still seeking to fully understand the overall causes for the various types of stomach cancer and if it’s one thing medical experts know it’s that not every patient will be the same. While you fight your battle, our pain management OKC specialists understand that if you’ve reached the point of having pain in the abdomen that you may just be seeking some relief to make it through each day.

While you may have already consulted with your doctor on a form of treatment plan to fight the cancer, it’s not uncommon for you to feel serious amounts of pain as tumors shift, grow, or die off. Our pain management OKC specialists can often help certain patients with reducing their stomach cancer pain by utilizing a series of celiac plexus block injections.

It may sound scary to receive an injection of this type, but rest assured patients are given local anesthetic into or around the celiac plexus of nerves that surrounds the aorta, the main artery in the abdomen. Most of our OKC pain management patients also receive intravenous sedation that makes the procedure easier to tolerate.

By completing the injection, the goal of our pain management OKC specialist is to allow the medication to enter your system and block the celiac plexus nerves that transmit pain signals from your abdomen to your brain.

Living with pain is one of the worst trials a person can endure and we just want to help any way that we can. If you have stomach cancer pain and need relief, contact our pain management OKC specialists to see if celiac plexus block injections are right for you.

We can be reached at 405-751-0011.

Shingles- Pain Management OKC

Pain Management OKC Offering Pain Relief For Shingles

Pain Management OKC: The Purpose Of A Lumbar Sympathetic Block

Today, we’re talking about the virus that causes chickenpox. When this virus reactivates it causes shingles, or Herpes Zoster. Many people associate this illness with a rash and while that is the main symptom of shingles, ongoing pain can also be a problem for many patients. Our pain management OKC specialists would love to help you get some relief if you’re suffering.

Have you had shingles?

Many patients fail to realize what is happening when the onset of shingles occurs, because it develops in slow stages. Early symptoms of shingles include headache, sensitivity to light, and flu-like symptoms without a fever. It can actually be several days or weeks before the rash appears. First, it’s more likely that you’d feel pain, burning, tickling, tingling, and/or numbness in the area around the affected nerves.

Later, the rash can appear anywhere on the body, but in most cases it appears on only one side of the body. The rash starts in the form of blisters and then scabs over. After a few weeks the scabs will go away, but it’s quite possible for the pain to last for weeks, months, and even years. This is the final stage of shingles referred to as postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). The pain associated with PHN most commonly affects the forehead or chest and may make it difficult for the patient to eat, sleep, and do daily activities. In some cases, it may also lead to depression.

Our pain management OKC can help many patients suffering from long-term pain caused by shingles by utilizing a lumbar sympathetic block. This is performed to block the sympathetic nerves that go to the leg on the same side as the injection. If you respond to the first injection, our pain management OKC doctor will recommend that you repeat injections. Usually, a series of such injections is needed to treat the problem. Some patients may need only a few and some may need more than ten. The response to such injections varies from patient to patient.

If you’re having trouble with daily activities, because your pain is too much to handle, please don’t hesitate to contact our pain management OKC specialists. Our pain management OKC doctors operate by appointment. You may reach our office at 405-751-0011 to schedule a consultation.