Not only large nerves can cause pain, small nerves count as well. Quite often a group of small nerves can cause a cycle of pain which can present with odd or usual symptoms along with pain.
The Stellate Ganglion is located in the neck. By performing a stellate ganglion block, which is a injection of local anesthetic in the front of the neck, we interrupt the cycle of pain in certain conditions, including:
- reflex sympathetic dystrophy (pain, color changes, swelling no know nerve)
- causalgia (known nerve)
- herpes zoster (shingles)
- raynaud (numbness in extremities, excessive reduced blood flow in response to cold or stress)
- crest (connectie tissue disorder)
Stellate ganglion nerve blocks could be diagnostic (provides information regarding the condition we’re treating) and therapeutic (addressing the pain).