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I went to the NS who did my surgery last year and I am in a mess. First off, the nurse missed my name on the sign-in sheet, so I sat for longer than necessary in the lobby. Then I get a nurse I hadn't seen before, who didn't know a thing about my history and wasn't very good at listening to what I was trying to tell her.

Then in comes the NS, and when I tell him I still feel lousy and my arm is getting more symptomatic, he pulls my head upwards and asks if that helps. Needless to say, I was rather tense when he did this, since he always told me not to let the PT do any manual traction! Now my neck feels sore, probably because my muscles were totally tensed when he did it.

Anyway, I told him I was signed up to do epidurals starting next week. He asked if I meant facet blocks, but all I've heard used is the term epidural. So I asked the difference and he said facet blocks are shots into a useless nerve that only serves to register pain, basically killing off the pain message. Epidurals have some side effects, he says. Like what, I ask. "You can quit breathing", he says. he being an idiot just because I went to a PM doc? It seems that there are folks on this list who have had epis and lived to tell about it just fine.

My questions are: does anyone have a handle on what the difference is between the two procedures (if any)? Also, for those who have had epidurals, what side effects were you warned about?

The NS did order another EMG of my right arm and cervical spine, which I was expecting anyway. No mention of a follow up visit. I"m not sure I *want* a follow up with him at this point!

Nancy D-ACDF C6-7 on 6/7/02. Donor bone with no hardware

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