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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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Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology
11 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Karen Sibert
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Dr. Rita Agarwal
It also depends on wether the blocks are helping or not
Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Anesthesiology
6 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Scott Mackinnon
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Dr. Douglas Goldsmith
Anesthesiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

You are doing more harm than good if further investigation is not carried out before further "blocks" are contemplated.

In brief: No

You are doing more harm than good if further investigation is not carried out before further "blocks" are contemplated.
Dr. Douglas Goldsmith
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Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Pain Management
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
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Dr. Janice Vaughn
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Janice Vaughn
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