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After RFA affects

MarkPMMarkP Posts: 2
edited 12/12/2013 - 5:24 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hey all...reading your posts, Im looking for effects after the RFA...what is NOT normal.

Lumbar Dx's: spondylosis, bilateral pars defect, anterolisthesis, facet arthropathy, 4 disc protrusions, flavum thick, fissures
(add'l- 3 cervical surgeries, add'l disc bulges in T)

Went in for 1st RFA right side, last Wed. SEVERE PAIN, sharp stabbing pains in back..like a knife over & over in waves, next day started shooting around my hip, down the front thigh, and my butt was clenched sore as all get out, sharp shooting pains in testicle. Happens every few minutes thru the weekend, am absolutely exhausted. I called on Fri, and told this was normal.

Got into the Dr. Mon., adjusted meds, advised a 'therapeutic injection' that would 'take the pain away immediately'. Had that done on Tues. and did not work! Pain increasing, stabbing continues, puts me in a stiff state enduring it... The pain clinic said, I would still be ok to to do the left side RFA the next day. I figured if I was in this kind of pain, I dont want to wait, so I came back to do it.

Wed. RFA, feet came off the table, it hurt so dang bad. Feeling weak, especially standing to sitting and vice versa. Still a constant cycle of stabbing pains and back feels warm to touch, severe aching..now going up thru my spine to my neck..my neck is sore, I guess from constant stiffness/clenching when the 'stabbing wave' comes on. Woke up from broken sleep with same pains, buttocks, thighs, and now lower calf muscle, still testicle pain (told this was common). Also, my hands were tremoring/shaking and my calf muscles were twitching...embarrassingly, I lost bladder control. Which is why I think I woke up. Called pain clinic again this morning, and they are getting me in this afternoon.

Rather pissed and very worried, that being told this is normal....this is not normal, reading all these posts. Anybody else experience these post symptoms? How long should this last? How would I know the Dr. messed up or touched another nerve and this is happening because of it? Read about neuritis, told I may have some 'pissed off nerves', On percocet, gabapentin, baclophen, celebrex. So tired.


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  • Where was the frying done. I had it done six times and usually 2,3 days I'm sore at the location where I had the electrodes but what you are describing is not from RFA. There is no way to have these kinds of symptoms from facet nerve ablation..
    I design your spine
  • MarkPMMarkP Posts: 2
    edited 12/20/2013 - 12:29 PM
    Hey, thanks for replying. Your post condition is as far as this pain clinic stated that I would feel. Went to see the pain Dr. again today, I do feel a pinch better, in that the stabbing is less frequent and shorter duration. My low back is still so dang sore, it really hurts (but tolerable). Since my last post, got a RX for Lidocaine gel to spread on my butt for the horrible nerve pain, man when I have that spread on just the slightest touch sends me into ORBIT! I hold my shorts away from my butt because the cloth touching is so painful. Told that's neuralgia and 'normal' for the reaction I'm having to the RFA...pain doc also said today, 'you are going to feel so much relief when this clears up and those nerves completely die', I hope so, trying to stay hopeful. Like I said, a tad better, not so freaked out today.

    I think other nerves were touched, perhaps a sloppy job, I dunno. This RFA was based off a Mar 2013 MRI, I just had an MRI done a few days ago. Report says, nothing indicative to evidence of radiculopathy??? I do have 2-4mm bulging disc and 2-2mm bulging discs, some stenosis now showing up bone spurs, L5-S1 has a grade 1 anterolisthesis and then bilateral pars defects.

    Have an appt with my spine surgeon to show him the MRI and get another opinion. Honestly, I do not want to return to this pain clinic. Problem is, I know I will need meds and no primary care that I can find will prescribe them, they all want you to go to a pain clinic. Very frustrating, when you're tired of having your spine prodded and stung and not getting much comfort from it. This procedure was not worth it, thus far, for me...I won't do it again. Still thinking this was not the right procedure for me.

    Glad that you're getting relief..really I am. Good luck to you.
  • Give it some time. My last one I had this crazy burning if I touched my skin on top of my hips but after 3 weeks, it went away.
    I design your spine
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