I had a RFA on my cervical spine a year and a half ago. I was not prepared for how intense the pain was afterwards, not at all! Literally took weeks (6!) However painful it was, I enjoyed 11 months of zero pain in my neck. After the 11 glorious months, to say I was upset is an understatement. At first I thought "Oh I just slept wrong" nope, the nerves grew back. So back to the horrible pain. It was as if I never had it done. So after being upset they grew back (I was told 50% of people didn't have their pain return) and after a little denial, here I am with an appointment this Wednesday to set up the repeat procedure. I am excited! My attitude is always really good, and I believe this time it won't be as bad. Even if it is, I know what to expect!! Also I know that 6 weeks goes by fast (I will be telling myself that during recovery!) and the payout will be awesome. I am intolerant to pain medicine, so Zanaflex and Advil liqua gels to the rescue! I have, however tolerated Morphine in the ER along with Phenergrin (sp?) But at home I will just try and sleep as much as possible. The one thing I am committed to doing is during my pain free time I will work on my posture and try to strengthen my body.
In addition I have 2 herniated discs in my thoracic so without the neck pain I am able to handle that. Compound that plus the neck, life can be difficult to say the least! I am happy to find a forum with folks who understand what we go through on a daily basis. I feel for my husband who had a very hard time watching me in so much pain. To all of you who have found success with this procedure, I am happy you found it. I sure am!
Have a great week! Jan