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    I've had severe pain for a long time from my rib cage all the way up to my shoulder and down my arm to my hand. It's getting to the point where I call in sick at work and can't go anywhere. i'm looking at scoliosis surgery and more shoulder surgery but i saw a local ortho. today to try for temporary relief. He x-rayed my neck ansd said it was a mess and is going yto do an epidural (i think) block by injection in my neck. Have gyou heard of it.WR

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    I would definately get a second opinion from a neurosurgeon before having any neuro blocks done, esp. in the neck. If this is a block, and is done epidurally, there is some risk of getting into respiratory problems or loosing function in your arms. This is not a minor procedure.

    I would also suggest that you consider a re-evaluation at a VA SCI Center for your orthopedic and pain problems. You can choose any VA SCI Center for this evaluation...it does not have to be one that you have already attended.

    (KLD)
    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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