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Cervical ablation now feel worse

ellineellin Posts: 188
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:23 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Ok had the ablation done on sept. 26th and had all kinds of problems like woke up during the burn not given enough meds and ending up in ER My question is my neck is so stiff on the one side that he was working on when I started to scream it hurts it hurts. I should call the office but, I know what they are going to say oh you need to come in and another $50 co-pay which I can't keep on doing I am just keeping my head above water now with all the medical I have pain over $4500 within 12 months @) My neck felt better before the nerve burn??? I know it takes time for the nerves to die off but my lower back ablation worked so great nothing like this. What do you all think???
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  • I am so very sorry your having increased pain.
    I have never had one, so I cannot relate to how long it should take or will take to feel better.
    What did the Dr tell you ?? As in recovery time??

    I know you do not want to go to the Drs and pay again.
    But I would just call to see if your symptoms are normal and explain the pain etc.
    Tell them what you told us, and cannot come in and pay another co pay.
    In my mind a visit after that should be a follow up and there should be no charge. I know some follow up appts after a treatments is not considered a office visit.

    I wish the best for you. I hope you feel better soon!!
    O:) >:D< >:D< >:D< >:D<
  • Hi, I'm sorry to hear about your pain. I can relate. I had it done for the 5th time a month ago, and the last one was the worst.

    I'm not sure if the pain specialist is as experienced with performing this procedure as they promote. Or, it could be that with each neck pain patient, there are issues with the nerves that have gone undetected, such as nerve damage.

    When I had the RFA done the first time, it was a true miracle. I was able to do things I had not been able to do in years.

    So, after three months, the pain returned, but not as bad as before and I had it done again.
    That went ok.

    The third time, I had a bad seizure afterwards, again, I wasn't afraid because the results were so good, I would have gone through almost anything to get less pain from it.

    The 4th/5th time I had it done, was by a new doctor, one I'm questioning whether he knows what he is doing. Or, it could be that the nerves from being burnt so many times have been permanently damaged.

    I have pain from the top of my head clear down to my shoulders. The muscle pain is like something being stretched in a darn machine or something. And, now, I can no longer sleep lying flat, on my side, or in my own bed. I have to prop up on the couch almost sitting completely upright just to get to sleep.

    Ice helps, and traction, but one thing I'm worrying about now is: what next?

    What happens when the doctors give up on a patient and tell them: Its arthritis or you're stuck with it.

    I pray that you'll find relief.

    Take care, and don't give up.

    We can't let the pain win (not entirely anyway).
    -- One Stop Write Shop writer

    *** I'm working on a grant for the Pepsi Refresh Project called: Disability2Ability.org (create), will be posted for voting on November 1st. I'm hoping to get enough votes to create an organization for people with disabilities, such as chronic pain sufferers, the dyslexic (as I am) and for the blind.

    Trying to do something in life to help others even though the pain tries to keep me from living at all. You can't let it keep you down, we have to fight, and pray, and one day, we will get the care we deserve.

    All the best to you,
    KW
    Email me anytime, if you want to talk. It's a hard life dealing with pain, it's also a lonely life, and most people don't realize how hard it is. I'm glad they don't know. kcamfree@yahoo.com
  • Hi Ellin- I had same proc. done 6/17 on c-3,4 &5. Similiar outcome- more pain than before. I called and called and was told to tough it out and no they couldn't get me in sooner, go to the ER, etc. 3mo later I have a new dr who finally stabilized my pain with oxycontin and I am thinking I am stuck with this pain and have to learn to live with it becz I will never, EVER have another procedure like that done on me again! Find a doc who will stabillize your pain right away, don't wait!
  • I have had similar problems but am trying to be patient and let the area heal. After 6-8 weeks, if not substantially better, then I'm going to ask to go to physical therapy. Here's my background and what I've done.

    I have had migraines, but mostly treated with SPG blocks (6 total) and ablations (2 total) completed mid-December 2011, then my vertigo went totally nuts on me, so I went back. The first cervical block stopped the vertigo completely, so proceeded with one more then ablation.

    They had to do all 4 vertebrae at the same time because that's the only way my insurance would pay. (Have read some posts where people are blaming the doctors, but it may be the insurance company.)

    Have had a TREMENDOUS amount of pain and cramping in the area and around my back. Reviewed the posts on here and with my doctor's assistance, started taking Flexeril, prednisone, fioricet, and phenergan fairly regularly - and every morning. Am dosing down now from the prednisone and don't take fioricet at night, as it contains caffiene. Also took:
    1. Sprix, the new torodol nose spray, but only had one day's dose left and it is not covered by insurance, so haven't taken any more, but it worked really well.
    2. The new famotidine plus ibuprofen pill called something like Duexix, which worked ok but increased my nausea after using 4-5 days.
    3. Melatonin to sleep. Even before I started the prednisone, I was unable to sleep becauce of pain and discomfort.
    4. Anti-acid like fematodine at least daily.
    Also using Arnica cream, Aspercreme, and Zim's Max-Freeze (like Bio-Freeze) on the area. Heat and ice sometimes help too, but not as much as the creams.

    Had one TENS treatment that helped as well, but just haven't had the time to do more.

    I am taking WAY more medicine than I ever had, but at least it is working to help me be more functional, whereas the migraine meds (imitrex, axert) always seemed to make me worse.

    What I'm wondering is if others are experiencing a lot of nausea after the procedure? I can touch certain places on the back of my head and neck and get nauseated. Of course if I lay on those areas or sit with pressure on those areas, I get nausea too.
    (Why I'm taking phenergan.)

    Also, have others suffered from vertigo and had the upper neck ablations stop it? (This has been an amazing result for me because I have an inner ear problem that the ENT said there was no treatment for.)
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