I had my first experience with RFA today. I'll admit I was pretty nervous about what pain I would have during the procedure.
I had it done in the doctor's office. I took 5mg Valium right before the procedure. Honestly, the only thing I think the valium did was made me a bit dizzy.
He did the procedure on two levels, both sides of my back. At first, he shot me with lidocaine to numb up the area and then did the RFA. The actual procedure was almost pain free.
As soon as he was done, I was moved to the waiting area and that's when the lidocaine began to wear off! After getting home, the pain was about a 7, close to an 8. I took a Percocet and went to sleep. I woke up a couple hours later and my pain level was about a 6.
Since then, I went grocery shopping, made dinner and cleaned part of the house. Pain level right now is about 4-5 with percocet on board.
I'm hoping most of the discomfort will be gone tomorrow morning.
Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2