Hello all. I'm a 33 year old female with lumbar DDD, scoliosis, lumbar facet syndrome, facet arthritis, spondylosis, and possibly sacroiliac joint dysfunction. I say possibly because my symptoms exactly match sacroiliac joint dysfunction in addition to the above, but my doc has never told me what I have. I found out the other diagnoses by obtaining a copy of my first visit with my pain doctor. I guess I need to ask more questions.
I have been in pain management since December 2011. I am currently on Norco 10/325 four times daily.
My first procedure was steriod/numbing injections in my sacroiliac joint. First set of injections relieved most of the pain for about 3 days. The following month, I received another set of injections - same type, same place. That one lasted exactly 36 hours. I immediately knew when they wore off because the pain came on very sudden and magnified a great deal.
Since my last injection, I've still been on the Norco. It really helps a lot. I'm able to do a lot of things that otherwise I could not. I also lost my insurance since my last injection. At that time, the office was trying to get a prior with for a RFA. Since I am now without insurance, I've just been going in monthly for Norco refills.
I anticipate getting health insurance again shortly, which means they are going to want to do the RFA.
Now for my questions:
1. What if I don't want to get the RFA? I'm scared to do it, and don't want to end up even worse. Will they still give me the Norco, or tell me I have to get the RFA? The Norco works, and killing nerves just sounds pretty extreme in my case considering meds are helping - a lot.
2. My doc told me I will be in more pain than normal after the RFA. Do they typically keep patients on pain meds after the RFA until it works?
3. What if the RFA doesn't work, or worse yet, I end up in more pain than before? Will they still prescribe the Norco?
Obviously none of you can tell me what my doc will or will not do, so I am asking for your personal experiences regarding my questions.