I'm due to have a DIAGNOSTIC injection this Wednesday - not the full RFA just yet - but if this helps with some of the chronic back pain I experience, then I think they'll probably do the full RFA much later on.
However, what I am concerned about is that I always have sedation before procedures like this as I get in a bit of a state, but I was told on Friday that the Aneasthetist does NOT give sedation for this diagnostic test.
Do you think it's because he wants me totally awake and able to answer any questions (although, in fact, normal sedation doses do not knock me out anyway, it just completely relaxes me, which I desperately need)? I would say it would be in THEIR interest too if I had sedation as, without it, I will probably try and jump off the table ha!
I had RFA many years ago, but it didn't work. What surprised me though was that I thought once the nerves had been 'burnt' they would never come back. This wasn't so unfortunately. I hate having these spinal injections (as I've had lots over the years and they seem to get more painful as I get older, even with sedation. I can't imagine how I'm going to cope without it.
I understand this one will only contain aneasthetic - not steroids. I have decided that I don't want steroid injections any more as I understand from the optician that the problems I'm now having with my eyes could be as a result of steroid 'deposits'. Mainly though, it's because only the first ever injection I had (8 years ago) gave me the best pain relief (for about 4 months) and, since then, each one has been less effective. A week after I had the last one in May this year only took the edge off the pain for about 3-5 days. I cannot find any proven long term side effects from having steroid injections.
Has anyone had a diagnostic anaesthetic injection into a spinal nerve before going on to have the full RFA? Was it painful without sedation? Did the first injection even work to markedly reduce your pain symptoms?
Any comments you have would be helpful, thank you.
2 x Microdiscectomy 2005 / PLIFusion 2-level 2010 / revision surgery 2011 / NEVRO Senza spinal cord stimulator implanted February 2013. I WILL NOT GIVE IN / UP !!