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.