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.

PVD- Pain Management OKC

Pain Management OKC: Providing Relief For Peripheral Vascular Disease

Pain Management OKC: Treatment With A Lumbar Sympathetic Block

Today our pain management OKC team would like to shed some light on peripheral vascular disease. This condition is caused when fatty material inside blood vessels build-up, which is referred to as atherosclerosis. This means that there is hardening of the arteries which is what eventually causes peripheral vascular disease or a blood circulation disorder in which blood vessels outside of a person’s heart and brain narrow, block, or spasm.

While this can actually happen in either the arteries or veins, it is known as the most common disease of the arteries. Pain from peripheral vascular disease is often felt by patients in their legs, but sometimes arteries including those that supply blood to the kidneys, stomach, intestines, and arms can be affected. Other symptoms of peripheral vascular disease include:

  • Cold feet
  • Blue discoloration
  • Stroke
  • Gangrene

If the condition is not treated, the affected body part can become permanently injured and die. Luckily, for certain patients, our pain management OKC team can provide relief to those with peripheral vascular disease. Our pain management OKC doctor can provide lumbar sympathetic blocks or injections to calm the sympathetic nerves that go to the leg on the same side as the injection.

The sympathetic nerves are located on either side of the spine, in the lower back, and normally control basic functions like regulating blood flow. The goal of the injection is to reduce pain, swelling, color, sweating, and other unusual changes in the lower extremity. In some cases the lumbar sympathetic block may also improve mobility.

Our pain management OKC doctor is very adamant about making certain that patients feel comfortable during the 10-30 minute procedure. That’s why the lumbar sympathetic block has a local anesthetic in it as well as other medications. Some of the other medications can include epinephrine, clonidine, or a steroid medication that may be added to prolong the effects of the lumbar sympathetic block.

Tired of living in pain caused by peripheral vascular disease? Give our pain management OKC specialist a call at 405-751-0011 to see if a lumbar sympathetic block is right for you!