Like a lot of therapies, I have to say I got some mild benefit from the cord block. The only new med I’m still taking is Mobic. I’m also still taking 25mg of amitriptyline. Whether from the cord block or the Mobic, since I am a bit better, I’m convinced that I’ve been needing a combo of nerve-pain drug with anti-inflammatory. My pain management doc and Cleveland Clinic uro nixed the anti-inflammatory, and I’m a little pissed at them now.
My current state is this. If inactive, like sitting at work, pain level is 0-1. DURING activity such as exercise, long walks, coaching softball, or getting up and walking around the office or a client’s factory does not hurt, but I hurt afterward. Can go up to a 4-5 pain level, but now no longer stays there 24/7. Rest brings the pain down quickly. Icing at night before bed seems to help next day.
I’ve also noticed that I am pain-free the day after taking a Viagra. Every time. Dr. P. said he was already thinking of having my try Cialis, so he prescribed a “home brew” that his pharmacy makes. It’s generic tadalafil and oxytocin (muscle relaxer) and it’s about half the price of namebrand Cialis. That alone makes seeing Dr. P. a worthwhile exercise if it helps. I get delivery in the next 3-5 days.
So, while I’m not where I want to be, I’m in a much better place in this, my 3rd bout since 2005, with PVP. Probably 50-60% better. Dr. P. suggested taking another 4-6 months before discussing anything like denervation since I’ve healed twice before.