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Interviewer: Pain, anywhere on your body can really put a damper on your life and your activities. But when it’s somewhere that’s constantly in use, like your pelvis, it can truly be debilitating. Dr. Rudy Gari from Florida Pain Relief Group joins us now with more about this. Dr. Gari, good to have you back.

Dr. Gari: My pleasure.

Interviewer: So many women that I know have pelvic pain. And it really is awful for them and they do not know where to turn. How many times do you have somebody come through your office door and they say, “The pelvic pain is driving me crazy”?

Dr. Gari: Just about every day.

Interviewer: And what in the world can be causing this?

Dr. Gari: Well, pelvic pain can be caused by a host or a variety of different factors. Sometimes these women may have some sort of endometriosis. They may have adhesions, they may have a different…some sort of a strain. So there’s all kinds of different disorders that can be causing this and unfortunately, most of the treatments that out there are just not very good. A proven example is the adhesions. If you have adhesions,..

Interviewer: What is that?

Dr. Gari: So adhesions are kinda like a… almost like a spider web if you will, but it’s your own body spider web.

Interviewer: Okay.

Dr. Gari: So like a little scaring sometimes inside, but it’s inside your abdomen, your pelvis. So, it can be pulling on a nerve or pulling on one of the organs there and can be causing pain. So what a surgeon can do is go in there and actually through what’s called a laparoscopy, go in there with a scope and remove those adhesions, and you feel much better. Here’s the problem, most of the times it comes right back.

Interviewer: Okay.

Dr. Gari: So it becomes a futile event to continue doing that. So, we have make sure that, “Hey, you know, has everything been done that can be done?” And then let’s look for some alternatives to doing the same thing that hasn’t been working. And some of the things, for example, that we’ve done, there’s nerve block called a superior hypogastric plexus block.

Interviewer: That sounds very scientific.

Dr. Gari: Yeah. So basically your pelvis has a bundle of nerves called the superior hypogastric plexus and that’s where you get the pain sensation. So some things very simple that we can do is go in there and actually put… place a long acting local anesthetic and a little bit of steroid into the ganglion to help calm it down. And there’s a whole bunch of techniques like that that we can do. There are other things that we can do for patients that are their wits end, there’s nothing that can be done, We’ve actually performed spinal cord stimulation at the… that stimulates the pelvic area.

Interviewer: Really?

Dr. Gari: So instead of pelvic pain, you have a much more comfortable sensation.where it doesn’t bother you anymore.

Interviewer: I’m thinking there are women out there right…listening that are thinking, “Well, what kind of a time commitment is that for me? Do I have to come back every week to get this stimulation so that I feel better?”

Dr. Gari: No, this actually…for the first week of the trial, see if it’s gonna work for you. So you’ll have the little trial for about a week, make sure that it’s some you’re comfortable with, that it helps you. And if it does help you, we can get that implanted. It’s a tiny little electrode, maybe the size of a string. It goes in, into the back of your spine, it stimulates those nerves, and then there’s a little generator that gets implanted under the skin about the size of a half dollar…

Interviewer: Wow.

Dr. Gari: And that battery lasts several years. You can program that in different ways and you have a lot of control over yourself.

Interviewer: So, lots of options out there?

Dr. Gari: Absolutely.

Interviewer: Okay, Dr. Gari. Thank you very much. You can contact Florida Pain Relief Group to schedule your same-day appointment. Stop living with pain, you don’t have to. You can visit their website. It is or give them a call, 844 KICK PAIN. We’ll be right back with more Day Time, so don’t go away.

Nerve Pain Relief to Support a Healthier, More Active Lifestyle

Upcoming summer activities, such as hiking and biking, can play a great role in nerve damage, and unfortunately treating nerve pain can be difficult. Unlike other chronic pain procedures, treatment for nerve damage has to be targeted and localized, combating the pain right at the nerve itself.

The knee specialists and pain management physicians of Physician Partners of America offer a range of alternative pain management treatments designed to target nerve pain right at the source. This allows us to switch off the pain transmission without damaging any of the surrounding tissue!

Treatment Options for Nerve Pain

Radio Frequency Ablation

Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive treatment, providing fast and long-lasting relief for nerve damage pain. Nerves are stimulated by electrodes, allowing the doctor to identify exactly where the pain is originating. After applying a local anesthetic, a hollow needle is inserted into the affected area. An electrode is threaded through the needle, and a specialized machine creates a small electric current that reacts with the nerve to switch off pain transmission.

Celiac Plexus Block

A celiac plexus block procedure is designed to combat nerve pain in the abdominal and lower back region. This procedure works by blocking the celiac plexus bundle, a cluster of nerves located in the abdomen, from sending pain signals to the spinal cord. A local anesthetic and steroid medication are injected into the celiac plexus bundle, relaxing tensed muscles and blocking pain transmission. While there may be some pain at the injection site, patients can expect a speedy recovery and long-lasting relief.

Stellate Ganglion Block

The stellate ganglion nerves run from the neck to the mid-shoulder, and a small amount of damage from tennis, rock climbing, or another outdoor activity can cause chronic neck and shoulder pain. Stellate ganglion block involves the injection of anesthetics directly into the stellate ganglion, numbing and relaxing the surrounding tissue and reducing or stopping pain transmission from the nerve cluster to the spinal cord. A harmless dye is typically injected along with the anesthetics to ensure that the nerves have been completely treated.

As you can see, though it can be a challenge to relieve nerve pain, there is a range of treatment options available. Schedule your appointment today to discuss the most appropriate treatment method for your chronic pain and be on your way to a healthy, happy, and pain-free lifestyle!

Are You Suffering From Chronic Headaches?

Chronic Headaches — This isn’t an article about your typical, run-of-the-mill headache. Take a couple aspirins and you’ll be fine after about thirty minutes. We’re here to discuss chronic daily headaches that are debilitating and stop you in your tracks. These types of headaches, often grouped together with migraines, can severely limit your ability to have a happy, normal life.

As we said, this isn’t the type of condition that a couple OTC pain relievers are going to fix. More involved, but still minimally invasive (if really “invasive” at all) measures are required to manage the pain and get your life back. While more effective prescription medications such as NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can help with the pain – as well as anti-depressants to counter the emotional stress experienced that actually makes the pain worse – an exciting new way of treating pain directly is offered by Florida Pain Relief Group.

Botox injections are not just for anti-aging anymore. Direct injections of Botox into the affected nerve can stop the pain signals and provide lasting relief. This method has proven very successful in pain management, as well as, not allowing for a potential drug dependency to form.

Risk Factors for Chronic Headaches

Out of the gate, you want to say stress is a major factor, don’t you? While you wouldn’t be wrong because stress is a major component, or agitator, of most illnesses, there are other factors that seriously put someone at risk for chronic headaches.

Three Major Risk Factors for Chronic Headaches

  • Genetics. If there is a genetic predisposition for chronic headaches or migraines, such as one of your parents suffers with them, you run a higher risk of getting them as well.
  • Age. As we age, our bodies and body chemistry are altered by time and external circumstances, in addition to effects during certain physical stages in our lives. If they are going to be an issue in the future, people experience their first chronic headache or a migraine during adolescence.
  • Gender. Women get chronic headaches and migraines three times as much as men. If a woman suffers from chronic headaches, she may notice that the headaches begin just before or shortly after menstruation.

Chronic Headache Pain Relief in Tampa

Don’t suffer with your chronic headaches alone when a Florida Pain Relief Group clinic is so close to home. Our pain experts are right here in Tampa and ready to help manage your pain today. Contact us now!