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RFA treatment

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:32 AM in Lower Back Pain
I just had a RFA Ablation yesterday for my chronic L4 pain. I have had this problem for sometime, and I finally went for this treatment. I am 75 and back surgery was not an option; and back surgery is about 70% successful.

I have some swelling today, but it seems to be working. My Doctor said it would take some time.


  • I had the first one after Facet blocks helped for a period of time.
    I then had the RFA performed on the same area, my lower back (L-4,5) It took about 3-4 weeks until I started to feel relief from the pain which ran down my leg associated with my back. I'm sure the onset of relef is different for everyone.

    It really helped quite a bit,and while it didn't resolve any of the problems I had causing the pain,it did relieve the pain for about 6-7 months.
    I just had another RFA in the same area a couple weeks ago and with the experience from my 1st RFA,hoping it will "kick in" in the next few weeks.

    I'd give it a good month before before you feel if it's helped or not.

    Good luck.
  • One month to the date,(07-15-09 I had RF at L4/5 and S1 and I was amazed at the immediate results, although after a couple of days, the pain that I had resulted from the procedure itself. That was swelling of muscles and simply irritation at the site. I took the advice from the first time that I had it done and someone here at spine-health said ice, ice, ice and that made it much better. I think the feeling of the nerves while they die are really strange and like twinges and tingels out to like the medial branch nerves or something, I could only explain it to my husband that it felt like lightening looks. Weird.

    I have osteoarthritis, bulging disc between L 4 and 5 and this RF worked much better than the one I had a year ago. I still have pain but was able to finally stop taking Vicodin and go back to one Ultram a day, a Naproxen before going out to do errands and I still use hot/cold patches for more mobility but all in all, I got a lot of relief. I hope it lasts because last year I had to go back and get injections and I've had all kinds and they really don't help for long. As a result of the above conditions, I have spinal stenosis. I still got relief, unbelievable.
    Hope this helps and best of luck to you.
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