I hope it's ok to post this topic here. I went to the spinal injections board and it looked like not many people posted there and I wanted to get some answers.
I'm scheduled to get the RF ablation on 4/13 for one side and then 4/27 for the other side. I'm getting three levels done on each side. I've already done the diagnostic medial branch blocks on each side, so my doc is confident that the RFA will help me.
I've done some reading on the procedure and what to expect afterward, but I'd really like to hear from people who've had it done. From what I've read, it seems that my pain will be a lot worse for several days to a week while the nerves are dying. Then I should start noticing pain relief within about 2 weeks after the nerves are dead.
So what are your experiences with this procedure?
How bad does the pain get afterward?
How soon did you start feeling better?
How long did the pain relief last?
Did you notice anything "bad" that happened associated with the procedure?
Would you do it again?
Thanks in advance! :H
If you have any questions about my situation, there's a thread on here that talks about all I've gone through recently that can be found here--> http://www.spine-health.com/forum/chronic-pain/md-decided-i-no-longer-need-pain-meds