sphenopalatine ganglion block

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sphenopalatine ganglion block

Post  dcook60 on Fri Jan 23, 2015 6:45 pm

hello, everyone,

migrainingmama posted several months ago about the above procedure.  she said it was very painful and didn't help; actually made things worse for a time.

i don't know if she posts here anymore, but i've written her just now.  does ANYONE have any other input on this shot (or series of shots; i don't know) done by pain doctors?  

my very nice/caring neuro suggested it yesterday, since we have run out of other options.   i'm not anxious to have another painful thing done to me that has little chance of being "the answer".  for 47 years i've been searching, and the only thing that gets me through life is daily triptans.  not for the whole 47 years, of course; they've only been invented for 20 years.  

now i have to order drugs from canada (still expensive, but much less so than in the u.s.) in order to get out of bed and keep working at almost 75.  

with much appreciation for any info someone can give me.....dianne

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Post  migrainingmama on Fri Jan 23, 2015 8:15 pm

Hey Dianne,
I messaged you back. The procedure has changed and is a nasal catheter rather than shots. I hope my message is helpful.


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Post  mxgo on Sat Jan 24, 2015 7:17 am

Dianne, is this the procedure:


If this is the procedure, there was no pain involved, the dentist (a Cranial Facial Specialist) just dripped lidocaine in my nose a couple of times. The lidocaine just stung. It did nothing for the headache, however as I've mentioned several times before, my headache is not caused migraines, but by skeletal-muscular imbalances. I joined this forum, since the neurologist said that he was going to try the same medications as migraine patients.


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Post  tortoisegirl on Sat Jan 24, 2015 1:40 pm

I've had Lidocaine dripped in my nose. Not quite sure if that is the same thing, as I read that block can also be an injection. No relief for me, but it was quite easy to try, and apparently if it helps you can get it prescribed. My pain specialist was shocked no one had me try it previously. No pain at all, but it tastes completely disgusting when it drips down your throat, very gag-inducing. Best wishes.


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