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Can a nerve block help cure my pain from phn?

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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
Maybe: A nerve block is one of many possible treatments. Have you tried oral and topical medications (lyrica, lidoderm) as well as antiviral medication (valtrex)?
Dr. Mark Newman
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
PHN: Typically nerve block are performed with local anesthetics and may have steroid added for anti-inflammatory effect. The duration of effect is extremely variable dependent on which condition the block is performed. Phn can be very difficult to treat but is amenable to many therapies which should be guided by a practitioner well versed in such conditions such as a pain specialist.

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What do they do when performing a nerve block for pain?

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Dr. Seth Zeidman
Neurosurgery 33 years experience
Injection: Nerve blocks usually have an anesthetic agent and often a steroid together. It provides both immediate and longer term pain relief.

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