Starting my own thread here. I went for Diagnostic Facet joint injections with no steroids to see if I'm a candidate for RFA(radio frequency ablation) nerve burn for my lumbar sacral area from L3-S2. I had 8 injections. I felt some relief from a 5 down to a 2 after so hopefully I will see the Dr. in September and he will let me know if RFA is right for me.
Supposedly he gave me conscious sedation but it didn't help during these injections were the most painful and said during the RFA I would get better sedation as I had the limit allowable for an Anesthetist to give. My right leg and foot went to sleep for 2 hours so had to stay until I could walk again.
I hope this works as I don't qualify for any surgery although it would be nice to get this bone spur removed!
Had x-rays for my neck due to numbness and weakness in my arm and hand and have to follow up with my Dr. about this.
I'm moving to a smaller apt. as this one is way too big for me to manage anymore. So now the end of this year I will have to give up my position at the hospital to collect my pension but was hoping after four and a half years I would have somehow improved to go back to work but seems it just won't happen for me.
Anyone have any results from RFA please share. Thanks. Charry
DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN