They take their sweet time during this procedure because there are lots of tiny blood vessels down there that they do not want to touch but other than a few painful moments, this was really not that bad of a procedure. If you're going to have it, it's really not that uncomfortable. I've had two prior nerve blocks in the groin area and those were indescribable pain so I was expecting something similar. This was nothing like that. The only negative was that they use a very small amount of dye (aka Radiation) to ensure something...I don't remember what...the right spot, no blood vessels, I don't know....but I've had lots of radiation at this point so I've been trying to avoid that.
The injection sites were very sore so I took a Vicodin HP - wow, that stuff is really effective! Does absolutely squat for my pelvic pain but within like 15 minutes my injection sites didn't hurt anymore and they had been feeling really, really sore.
I did get the chance to speak to two of the pain clinic docs for quite some time and I have an appointment next week so I'm feeling good that I'm going to get some kind of plan next week whether it be new drugs to try or new nerve blocks to try, something - I hope. Because as of now, the neurologists referral of me to a surgeon for an "exploratory surgery" of the genitofemoral nerve in my abdominal wall is definitely NOT the next step for me. So Jeanne, your comment to a prior post is very timely, appreciated and taken to heart because one of my doctor's was very quick to say oh you have to open things up and look around and if there's a problem with the nerve we may just have to cut it - like it was no big deal. Clearly it is and your comment is certainly staying in my mind. So thank you for posting.