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SPG Block

February 21, 2016

Hello Positive People! Headache on the Hill, Part 2 is on its way, but for now I wanted to show you a SPG block- done at home by me! The sphenopalatine ganglion is a group of nerves, which is linked to the trigeminal nerve, located behind the nose. The trigeminal nerve is very involved in migraine, so by treating it with anesthetic, we are hoping to help prevent migraines. My treatment is with .6 cc Bupivacaine in each nostril, twice a week for six weeks. Cross your fingers!

I thought you’d be interested in seeing the catheter at work – my online migraine buddies sure wanted to see it. Here we go….  

I didn’t film drawing up the meds, but here’s a video of treatment on the left side. It was a bit tough at first, and I feel and look horrible today, but I wanted you to see how it works. 

 
And the right side:

 
So, anyone who wants to call me a junkie, because all I want is my opioids, can kiss my &#*~%. The reason I say that is lately online whenever I defend the right for chronic pain patients to have access to opioids, I get called a junkie and worse.  It’s frustrating, because I will try any non-opioid treatment out there, including sticking a catheter WAY up my nose. Tee hee!!!! Don’t even get me started on the nerve stimulator surgeries I had a few years back. Four surgeries in three months, MRSA infection, shaved head, horrible scars for life, yuck. And the damn thing had to be removed. Remember this? Seems like five lifetimes ago….

   
   

 
Migraines suck, but migraineurs fight back & try anything. We’re a resilient bunch, aren’t we? 🙂 My goal is to get rid of my pain – any way I can. Let’s hope this treatment helps. And I LOVE that I can do it myself….
Stay POSITIVE people!  

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5 Comments
  1. Have you tried diet modifications? After 15 years of trying many different treatments, I am finally getting relief from eliminating specific foods from my diet. It has taken a lot of time and energy to re-work recipes, so I am posting them on my site (along with my thoughts) with the hope that someone else won’t have to do all the work to figure it out.

    • Thanks – yes I have tried diet modifications. I have celiac disease, so I stopped eating gluten a year and a half ago with no effect on my migraines. I have not found any other dietary triggers either. Best of luck to you.

  2. You haven’t posted an update, I am curious how you found the SPG Block? did you use it twice a week for 6 weeks? What did you feel were the results?

    How were you able to do self-treatment at home versus at a medical clinic? I’m looking for SPG Block treatments but there don’t seem to be any treatment locations that offer this near me (Toronto, Ontario area). Found one in Illonois but they use cotton-tipped applicators not tx360 applicator that you seemed to use.

    Thank you for your post and video! Interested in any information you can give since your first post on this topic from february 2016

    • So sorry that I never replied – I’m still getting used to this website! I had to stop the SPG blocks, because they were making me worse, and I had a lot of others health issues around that time. I would still recommend trying it – my NP in Neurology felt like it was helping some of her patients. I think there was a chance it could have helped me long term, but since I didn’t know for sure, I couldn’t take the downtime I was experiencing in the short-term. I hope that makes some sense….

      • Also, I have Kaiser Permanente, a insurer/provider combo here in the US. They are great with things like this – I get my quarterly botox for the price of a doctor co-pay – $15. The SPG block supplies to take home were free! My NP in Neurology in San Francisco is simply an incredible professional whom I have built a lot of trust with. On the other hand, my GP is horrible. I was just diagnosed with eczema via “picture sent to a dermatologist”, and even though I’ve been suffering greatly for a month, they want me to fail current treatment for three weeks until I get to meet face-to-face with a dermatologist. I’m pretty convinced that I don’t even have the correct diagnosis. As with any health car anywhere in the world, treatment greatly depends on the doctor. Hello to Toronto BTW. I have family there – my mom was born in Western Ontario and I’m a CDN citizen! Love Canada!

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