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Rhizotomy-what is your experience??

AnonymousUserAnonymousUser Posts: 51,513
edited 06/11/2012 - 1:23 PM in Degenerative Disc Disease
Hi. I had my Rhizotomy on 10/24/08. Four sections on the left and four on the right were done. My main problem is on the left between L 4&5 which were severely pinching my sciatic nerve. The majority of the pain is gone which is a wonderful feeling. I am occassionally feeling a muscle spasm in my left back and at times it feels like the sciatic is swollen. Does this sound like something anyone else has experienced? :?


  • You will still have muscle spasm,as the rhizotomy will only take care of the nerves...
  • That is great that you experienced so much relief so quickly. The muscle spasms should subside somewhat once the nerves die and you heal from the procedure. It is really great that you have pain relief so early. I always get relief but it usually takes me about 4-6 weeks when the nerves die off completely to get good relief. Good luck and keep us posted.
  • I had my right C2-6 and left C2-6 done in 2008. Right side done on October 13th and the left Nov. 14th. Just about 3 weeks ago I started to get pain back. Its getting worse by the day. Is it possible that my rhizos only lasted 5 months??? I have to say it took aprox. 6 weeks to help, but when it did, I felt like a new person! My doc wants to do trigger point injections, but I think the left side wore off. When I had the left rhizo done, my left trap. area and around neck went numb. They said that this happens more often than none, but about 6 weeks ago, i started to feel pin pain in that area....and then noticed that the numbness was going away. Pin pain for a few days, then the numbness was gone. 1 week later PIN PAIN again in my neck and the next day I started to have neck pain again. 3 weeks later, its back to feeling like it did after my car accident. If anyone reads this and has experienced anything like this, please let me know. Also, could my facet rhizotomy have worn off?
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