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You must be looking at the wrong account, because I give an excellent rating every time... in fact, JA has sent me two warnings that I'm giving out far too many excellent ratings.
Since you seem to be more worried about grubbing than actually addressing the user's question to earn that rating, I ask that you transfer this question to a different expert who actually wants to read and answer it. Thanks.
Great info, I'm glad I found someone with knowledge in this specific area. My rectum is severely inflamed the past couple years due to Crohn's, resulting in a persistent sore/bruised type pain, and intense pain spikes when I use the toilet (~20/day) due to spasms and the rectum trying to push it'self out. I had one block done, which reduced the pain, but for only 3-4 hours, then came back, along with the added soreness from the injection, so it really didn't seem worth it.
Are we saying that getting 3 more blocks will simply be a repeat of this first injection experience, and will not produce any long-term benefits?
Well, as mentioned before, it *might* help- because tissue that is in pain doesn't heal as well as tissue that is not- and inflammed tissue aggravates pain. I imagine that you are working with a pain specialist. Another option may be botox. - have you considered this?http://www.lacolon.com/patient-education/anal-fissureI hope that this helped.Please leave positive feedback if it did :-)
So to wrap up this question... The first article you referenced does not explore if there is any long-term or cumulative benefit to doing blocks (beyond the duration of the injected medicine). Have any studies shown whether or not benefits exist, and to what extent?
You stated "An already irritated area will hurt more."... so the blocks will increase my pain? I will ask my surgeon about that botox option.
But if the medication only decreases pain for 3 hours out of a week, that's only 1% I'll be relaxing the muscles and thus free of the spasms... compared to 99% of the time I'll be having spasms. I don't see how a small moment of relaxation can be considered a patient's path of healing, when it's engulfed in a sea of spasms. Or am I missing something?