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20 year old female ruq abdominal pain . is it good to keep getting celiac plexus blocks. for abdominal pain. ?

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What's the cause?: It depends on the cause of the pain. If it's due to a treatable cause such as gall bladder disease, it may be better to have the gall bladder removed. Repeated blocks would only be indicated if there is no treatment to remove the cause of the pain. It is very important to have an exact diagnosis for abdominal pain, which can be due to many different problems.

Answered 9/28/2016

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Dr. Romanth Waghmarae answered

Specializes in Pain Management

RUQ pain: The answer depends on what the diagnosis is - is this sympathetic, somatic or visceral pain. It is never a good idea to receive any block indefinitely. As long as the block produces sustainable relief that is meaningful then yes, if not then no.

Answered 11/28/2014

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Depends on cause: In a 20 yo female, one must consider other causes of pain such as gallbladder disease. It could be dangerous to be fooled into thinking the pain is from the original cause(that which made you get the blocks to begin with)is the only cause, as other things that give rise to pain, if unchecked, could result in more illness. Make sure doctor is certain of the cause.

Answered 10/3/2016

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No: You are doing more harm than good if further investigation is not carried out before further "blocks" are contemplated.

Answered 9/28/2016

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What's the story?: This depends on how well you were worked up by your pain specialist, his diagnosis, the number of blocks that you have had previously and duration of relief. I would suggest that you discuss this with your pain doctor and ask about alternatives to the celiac plexus block.

Answered 10/29/2012

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