About six weeks ago I was given a diagnostic nerve block. Steroids injected straight into the occipital nerves in the back of my head. It was about as fun as it sounds but I got relief for the first time in four years. It was like a huge weight being lifted. I got my mind back. It was a game changing treatment.

Last week pain slowly returned so I contacted the pain management team at the local hospital and they said they could help me again. Once again there was light at the end of the tunnel.

I had to go through A&E because they don’t have the funding for an outpatients service. So I checked in yesterday morning and was told to come back at 1pm for the treatment.

This time the kind Doctor explained that this nerve block would last between 3-6 months, and boy did he go to town on my head. He used an ultrasound this time and was injecting me for around 25 minutes. It was a painful procedure but once he was done I was again pain free. The man is a legend in my life. He’s told me at the first sign of pain come back and he’ll give me another one.

I feel lucky to have met this man. This procedure has been life changing and I feel human again. My mental health has improved and I feel more conscious and present with my family. Although there is no cure I have a temporary solution which is more than I could have hoped for.

It’s been a long and painful road to get to this point. Faith and meditation have been my saving grace, and the love of my family which I am blessed to have. I still suffer from CPS and nerve pain in my spine but it’s one hell of a lot easier to deal with without nerve pain in my head.

So it’s onwards and upwards. Thank God.

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