I took a break from the forum for the past few months. I’m sure you can all understand, whether in pain or in remission, there are times to take a break from the PVPS nightmare. At times, it’s like watching cable news these days, all combat, all nerve-wracking, and not a lot of good news. I also didn’t want to jinx myself.
Summary is that I’ve had 2 months of virtually pain-free living while being totally off pain meds. This bout began April 2016. I was reversed June 2006 (not a typo) and recently shot a 78MM sperm count, so I know this isn’t congestive.
My most recent treatments were Dr. P’s botox/steroid cord block in June followed by another in October. Those got me to 50-75% better. On top of that, as a pre-surgery diagnostic, I had a GF block with steroid on 12/31. Unlike typical Pain Management who pride themselves on how little anesthetic and steroid they use, this block was done by a surgeon who coated the GF. @Cartman knows exactly who I’m talking about.
I’m still tentatively scheduled for laproscopic resection of the GF with hernia repair in April but if this trend remains in place, I will cancel.
I thought I’d post this because I’ve seen several other recent threads related to blocks. I’m the first to tell you the odds aren’t great and there are risks from scar tissue. But, considering the alternatives involve mind-altering drugs and/or scalpels, blocks (for me) have proven to have the best risk/reward. YMMV.
I learned the hard way, though, that Pain Management may not be the best place for treatment despite this being their specialty. While PM’s blocks and PRF did relieve my pudendal pain (over a year ago), they did nothing for my GF pain, the main culprit. Yet, four surgeons (Dr. P., Dr. Williams, a uro and a general surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic) were all successful in relieving my pain via blocks.
I was always sedated (nearly out) with the PM blocks, so I don’t know if they used ultrasound or just guessed, but I’m starting to wonder if PM’s block and subsequent PRF on my GF simply missed the mark that the others hit.