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Anyone had a delayed reaction to RFA/Rhizotomy?

happyHBmomhhappyHBmom Posts: 2,070
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:43 AM in Spinal Injections
I had radiofrequency ablation/rhizotomy on the left side, L1-L5 a week ago last Thursday. It was fine for a few days, although my left leg was a little numb- I didn't know whether to attribute it to that or random other stuff going on right now (I'm a mess these days).

But last week I developed a severe pain around L5 on the left side radiating down through my tailbone. I'm thinking it's probably some sort of neuritis from the rhizotomy.

I am really annoyed right now because it seems like I'm in some sort of black hole in which whatever sort of 1% complication exists, I will get. Grumble.


  • Althrough I've never had one (but almost did),I've heard that it usually gets worse before it gets better as the nerve dies from the burning. I was told it could take five or six weeks for the procedure to be considered successful.

    I think it would be wise to talk to the doctor who did the procedure and perhaps he can confirm that this is common with this procedure or to see if something else is going on.

  • If I remember correctly, it takes a while (2 weeks I think) for the nerves to fully die. 2 years ago I had it done on my facet joints and ice was my best friend! But the procedure gave me so much relief!

    Hoping for the same results for you. You can safely ice for 20 minutes every hour. Maybe that would give you the relief you need to get through this!

    Will be thinking of you and keeping you in my thoughts and prayers! xxxx Shari
  • My previous RFA took around 3 weeks to work and in the mean time, my pain levels skyrocketed. Those nerves really hate being touched.
  • Yes, I see my doctor on Tueday. I barely got out of bed today :( (I also have had an upset tummy, between having had a tummy flu last week and breaking down a few times and taking ibuprofen, I'm a wreck).

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