I posted this a couple of days ago in another forum but no replies.. so thought i'd try here. If you've had a rhiztomy or nerve ablation in your lumbar area I'd really like to hear how long it actually lasted for you.... I had my first rhizotomy in April - 3 nerves were done on the left side from L4 down... It was a tough recovery from it as the nerves were dying off, and it took 3 weeks to feel good and I must say I felt pretty dang good until I didn't lol! About 3 weeks ago I started to very occasionnally have a fleeting shot of sciatica again, but the pain went as quick as it came... until a couple of days ago...now the pain is back with a vengence... and not going... I was told I could get 18/24 months of relief with the rhizotomy... and clearly 4 months seems pretty quick and isn't worth the 3 weeks of hell when the nerves were dying off... so... just wondering how long of benefit others got.... I really want to hear from others so that I can be better informed when I go back to my PM doc and discuss my options....
Thanks everyone and hope you feel better too!!
L4-L5 fusion 1998; ACDF C4-6 2008; DDD