I had my diagnostic blocks with Dr Peled yesterday and I honestly wasn’t expecting much. I have been getting nerve blocks every three weeks for almost a year now and while my whole head goes numb for a few hours, it is never very deep and the pain always comes back just as terribly as before. Let me just tell you, this man works magic!
My neurologist usually gives me 23 fairly shallow injections one after the other and I can’t really tell if they are in the right place or not, all I know is my head goes numb. Dr Peled gave me 6 shots that went much deeper and I knew right away that they were in the right spot because it sent an intense(but kind of good) zing all the way up my head, shivers down my spine, and then only that exact spot went numb. He waited a few minutes in between each shot to determine exactly which nerves are causing my headaches(turns out it’s all six) instead of doing all of the injections at once and let me tell you, after that final injection, I felt better than I have felt in years!
The best part though? The numbing medication is typically suppose to last 4-8 hours as these blocks are for diagnostic purposes only but I had THE best nights sleep of my life last night, woke up rested and refreshed, and 100% without any pain for the first time in over 15 years 😭 I can move my head and neck freely, bend over, drink coffee, put my hair in a ponytail, play with my kids, and do things that would typically send me into a terrible flare otherwise. I feel like I am living someone else’s life right now and I cannot wait until surgery!