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Patient 9: Problem Sciatica and Back Pain

Solution: Pain Blocks [Epidurals & Selective Nerve Root Blocks]: Medication Management

I am a Television Producer / Director and Adventure Reporter and need to have my back in fairly good shape and be pain free to do my job. But I have been suffering from a worsening spondylolisthesis condition for many years. I have investigated and tried many treatments, short of surgery, to reduce the pain that I suffer from basically 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 painful days every year for more than 30 years.

In September of 2004 my family doctor referred me to Dr. Batlan and his Specialized Pain Management treatments. On my first visit with Dr. Batlan I made it clear that I was not interested in back surgery due to my job and family. I'm a single dad, nearly 50 with a 2 year old and a 5 year old, both boys, both active, both needing lots of attention. The recovery time alone that back surgery would require was time I wasn't willing to take away from my boys. After a very thorough examination including a CAT scan, Dr. Batlan and I agreed on a treatment plan designed to hopefully limit my need for prescription pain killers and eventually allow me to maintain my active lifestyle with minimal pain and discomfort.

The plan was to have a series of 3 epidural (selective nerve root blocks). I was a tad reluctant at first…but after a very reassuring and informative discussion with the doctor I was set to go. I must admit that after the first series of injections the pain had dropped only about 5-10% but Dr. Batlan reminded me that it was the cumulative affect of all 3 injections in a 3 week period that would produce the hoped for results. The second in the series again dropped the pain level about another 5-10% (and) we were headed in the right direction. Then with a little trepidation, but a lot of hope, I went to the surgery center for the final injection. Then less then 24 hours after the final procedure it was amazing. My life long pain was almost completely gone at least a 60% reduction. Incredible!!! So within 4 months from my first visit with Dr. Batlan my back pain has been drastically reduced and my quality of life greatly improved, my future is back.

Michael M.

Las Vegas, NV

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