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Initially, you may experience several hours of pain relief as a result of the local anesthetic. After that time the pain will return. If steroids are used, it may take 7 to 10 days for the anti-inflammatory effect of the steroid to be effective and for you to experience pain relief.
You may experience soreness or a feeling of fullness at the injection site.
You may experience muscle spasms.
You may experience a neck ache or backache.
Your blood pressure may decrease or increase.
You may feel increased warmth of the upper or lower extremity.
You may feel some numbness or tingling of the upper or lower extremity.
The affected area may be numb for a few hours and should be protected from injury.
These will be provided for you, in further detail, by the recovery room nurse prior to your discharge from the Ambulatory Surgery Center. These instructions should include; no driving or operating machinery for 24 hours after the procedure. This is recommended because the intravenous medication given during the procedure may impair your ability to safely perform tasks. A Pain Clinic follow up appointment should be scheduled.
What should I do if any problems develop after I leave the Surgery Center?
If you have any questions after the procedure, the medical staff of the Pain Management Clinic is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. During normal business hours you can reach either a physician or nurse by calling 650-723-6238. After hours, the physician on call can be reached by calling the Stanford Health Care page operator at 650-723-6661.