I went to get the medial branch block for diagnostic purposes before my rhizotomy. (3 days ago). The dr. shot L4-5 and I still had that horrible hip pain and limp. The guy was SURE it was from L4-5. So he took me back in and did L5-S1 and BINGO the hip pain was gone and so was the limp. I see the guy next week and then the rhizotomy will be scheduled with an anesthesiologist. A couple of questions:
1) How do they know what levels to do the rhizotomy on? For sure L5-S1. This was evident. But my back still hurt after the procedure, probably was from getting so many injections. SO when I walked around the lower back still hurt. I am scared that the walking pain will be gone, (referred hip pain from L5-S1) but the back pain when I stand for any length of time will still be there. (kills me to the point of not being able to work). My MRI says disk bulges, stenosis (which no one thinks is bad because I have no leg pain, just hip pain), and arthritis at L3-S1. No one is doing anything with L3-4. I would hate to have the rhizotomy, only to have the hip pain helped but not the back.
2) I found out I have to be awake for the rhizotomy. Give it to me straight....how bad is that? I have been with no sedation thru all my injections ( 4 sets since May) and lived. I had a rhizotomy in my neck before, but they put me in one of those twighlight sleeps.
Thanks for the feedback!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!