• Does anyone have experience with a celiac nerve block? Could you please share with me your experience/recommendation?

    Asked by TomLand on Thursday, February 16, 2012

    Does anyone have experience with a celiac nerve block? Could you please share with me your experience/recommendation?

    I just had my 14th Gemzar chemo treatment and as always, pain associated with the pancreatic tumors pressing on the celiac nerve bundle has been varied. This morning it was very severe, probably my worst so far, even after pain meds. My Doc mentioned a celiac nerve block Tuesday when I saw him Tuesday and this experience has me strongly considering it. I need to know what impact others saw following the treatment. Thanks in advance for sharing, Tom

    3 Answers from the Community

    • greghull's Avatar
      greghull

      Tom,

      I'm sorry to hear about your pain. My mother has stage III pancreatic cancer and she had considerable pain for quite some time. I don't know if this will help you, but my mom got two shots for the pain. From my understanding, they literally stuck some kind of tube down her throat and into and through her stomach and then injected something into her. I'm not sure whether it was the tumor or the nerve, however. On her first attempt, the shot did not work very well, but it did on the second. She has no pain associated with the tumor any more. Hope this helps and I wish you all the best.

      If you would like more info, please ask me and I will ask her exactly what type of shot she got.

      about 5 years ago
    • TomLand's Avatar
      TomLand

      Thanks - that is something I have not heard of before, nor did I see it in my research. Would be glad to know more about it.

      about 5 years ago
    • greghull's Avatar
      greghull

      Tom,

      I spoke with my mom today and she said it was an endoscopic ultrasound guided celiac plexus neurolysis. I hope I have that name correct. She had it at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle and it has really been helpful for her. Her pain dissipated slowly, but within one month or so from her first shot, it was pretty much all gone. Hope this helps and if you have any other questions please ask me. I could probably get you the doctor's name, as well, if you like. I wish you the best Tom.

      about 5 years ago

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