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Intercostal Neuralgia

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 23, 2008
  • 03:25 AM

Does anyone have a solution for this type of rib cage pain? I go to a neurologist for trigger point injections (only 2 at a time at 300 dollars each). They last a short time. He suggests a more invasive intercostal nerve block which scares me for fear of a puncture to the lungs. Two weeks ago I had shots only to find out a few days later, this minor procedure had collapsed my lung!! I ended up in surgery for a chest tube. I'm at my wit's end for pain relief. I go to a pain clinic for steriod shots in my neck once or twice a year from scar tisue that presses on a nerve caused by two disc replacement surgeries in my neck. You would think that is where I would find help, but they sent me to further doctors, and five later I end up where I am now. I also have nerve pain down my legs and feet from sciatic nerves that flare up from time to time. Luckily it is calm at the moment. I have been tested for MS to see if all these nerve issues are related, but they did not find that they are. Three seperate issues. The one that is giving me the most trouble at the time is this intercostal one. Any solutions?????

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  • Does anyone have a solution for this type of rib cage pain? I go to a neurologist for trigger point injections (only 2 at a time at 300 dollars each). They last a short time. He suggests a more invasive intercostal nerve block which scares me for fear of a puncture to the lungs. Two weeks ago I had shots only to find out a few days later, this minor procedure had collapsed my lung!! I ended up in surgery for a chest tube. I'm at my wit's end for pain relief. I go to a pain clinic for steriod shots in my neck once or twice a year from scar tisue that presses on a nerve caused by two disc replacement surgeries in my neck. You would think that is where I would find help, but they sent me to further doctors, and five later I end up where I am now. I also have nerve pain down my legs and feet from sciatic nerves that flare up from time to time. Luckily it is calm at the moment. I have been tested for MS to see if all these nerve issues are related, but they did not find that they are. Three seperate issues. The one that is giving me the most trouble at the time is this intercostal one. Any solutions?????I'm so sorry that you are going through this. It's so hard to deal with this especially when you can't get any answers. I have not been diagnosed with intercostal neuralgia (I think because nobody is actually LISTENING to what I am telling them at my appointments) but I am considering this as a possibility. I have been getting progressively worse myself, and don't know what to do.I wish I had answers that could help you, but at least know that you're not alone in this.
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  • After 1 year of having significant pain in my rib cage and radiating into my back I went to a Dr. and was diagnosed with Intercostal Neuralgia. After being treated with nerve blocks, cryablation treatments and a host of narcotics the Dr. proclaimed that he no longer was willing to treat me due to, his belief, that I had become dependant on the narcotic remedy, this even though he routinely takes urinalysis testing and my levels were never elevated. I eventually was put in contact with a Dr. at a research hospital and he also diagnosed me with intercostal and after listing the treatments I already had he recommended a neurostimulator implant. The surgery was simple and the recovery went relatively quickly. The results have been pretty good with a 60-80% pain coverage. There has been the draw back of knocking my internal leads loose and having to go back in to reattach them but it is worth the return of quality of life. Hope this helps.
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    • December 3, 2011
    • 08:56 PM
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