I guess that stands for radio frequency ablation, to burn off the nerve with heat. There are 2 methods, can't find the info sheet he gave me on them from Mayo.
I was supposed to call pain mgmt office, the week after 6/3 procedure, to inform them how i feeled. So i called 6/11..and said worse.
So they said come in 6/16 and have a talk with the doctor....Well that was last week, the call.. and suddenly this Monday, the pain went away..
Started wondering if since my Rheumatoid is doing good ( on meds), was that why my back felt better, or did the meds from the back procedure kick in.. I had the right side L-1 thru L5 done..
They just say facet joint arthitis, "arthitis"..or degenerative disc disease..but never say Rheumatoid Arthitis is contributing to this, in lower back.
Then i started reading posts, and see this may be common, it takes time? To feel better from this nerve burning or heated off????
BTW..The left side was done 5/12...and when i got off the table, my leg buckled, from that side...and i had to sit down for awhile. I only had pain for 2 days after the left side was done..and i thought this was normal, injection site pain
Guess I might be wasting a co/pay tomorrow, but i guess good to have a chat with him, and they did say I could get another set of the RFL'S in October
On this right side, he kept asking me, while i was on the table, anything in the leg?..and i didn't have that bucklign feeling when i get off the table.
He says i will feel tightening in the back, a thump thump thump, and a zap, like a Tens Unit.
All in all, wasn't too painful, compared to getting novacaine for dental work worse