I am 3 weeks post RFA C2, 4, and 5 Right side. Two weeks previously I had the same procedure on my left side. These treatments were to treat pain after ACDF C5-7 in June 2011. The difference between the two sides could not be more marked.
The left side yielded absolutely zero change. Not better, not worse, no change for enduring the most painful procedure I have ever endured in my life. Apparently my doctor wants his patients awake to assure needle placement.
Now at three weeks I am developing neuritis of the right side that is spreading to the left side, putting me in more pain that I started in. This is accompanied by dizziness and weakness of the legs. None of this was told to me by my doc before the procedures. Now I'm told 4 to 6 weeks of this pain if I don't develop an infection.
Ask your doctor if you will be awake. If you are and you are having cervical RA, prepare for the most painful experience you are likely to ever have at the hands of a doctor. I can't speak for anyone but myself, but I will never have this procedure again for such a limited potential period of relief. I cannot believe modern medicine considers this to be the pinnacle of pain control. A testament to a doctors skill, yes, but medieval and brutal in its "execution".
To get the best results from a spinal injury, a patient should listen to their doctor, and the doctor should listen 10 times as hard to the patient.