Symptoms And Treatment Of Patients

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This study included 30 patients (21 females and 9 males, table 1) who received 45 TAP blocks. The blocks were performed after patients failed medication management. Twenty-five patients reported one or more abdominal surgeries before the development of pain and attributed their pain to surgery (Table 2). Eight blocks were performed on the left side, 12 on the right side, and 25 bilateral. One patient missed the follow-up, 9 blocks were reported to be ineffective (3 patients in this group were labelled opioid seekers), and 6 patients reported ongoing improvement. The procedure improved pain in 79.5% of the performed blocks. At presentation, 17 patients reported some gastrointestinal symptoms in addition to the chronic abdominal pain, while the rest of the patients reported no gastrointestinal symptoms or complaints and pain was the sole complaint (Table 3). The percent improvement was 54.7% ± 36.4% for a duration of 0-490 days and ongoing for the 44 blocks with complete data (excluding the one patient with the missing follow-up).
We also reported medication consumption before and after the procedure, accounting for all medications used for treating pain, anxiety and sleep. We found that there was no significant change in medication use for the following medications before and after the procedure: acetaminophen, alprazolam, aspirin, baclofen, buspirone, celecoxib, clonazepam, cyclobenzaprine, diazepam, duloxetine, hyoscyamine, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, ibuprofen,…
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