I just wanted to say that I am one day post-cervical rhizotomy and am doing well. My neck and upper back are very sore but it feels topical, like it's sore from the needles. I do not believe I'm having any nerve pain -- much to my relief. It was very hard to find posts from people who had a good outcome from a cervical rhizotomy and I just wanted to say that it can happen.
The procedure itself was not one I would volunteer for, but in reality, it was no worse than having injections. I'm bruised and very tender but I understand that bigger needles are used for the rhizotomy. The "stick and burn" of the lidocaine (topical anesthetic) was the most unpleasant part and was certainly bearable.
I had to take 3 Valiums an hour prior to the procedure and it took awhile to shake that off. I have pretty strong vicodin to take if I need it but at most I have only needed half a tablet. It was uncomfortably lying in bed at night and that pain did wake me up but, again, it is pain from the needles and not nerve pain. When tested to be sure the affected nerve was being cauterized, it only felt like a thumping in my neck -- the topical did a wonderful job of pain control. If someone said I needed to have this done again in a year, I would sign right up for it. I was terrified beforehand and I had nothing to be afraid of -- I've done very well.
So, I am posting this for those who are afraid because they only see negative posts about this procedure. You've no doubt been through worse already and you can do this.