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How long does post-rhizotomy pain last? and what helps?

I had mine three weeks ago (C2/3, C3/4, C4/5 and C5/6). For the last week, the pain is worse than it's ever been-- burning and searing. The Percocet my doctor originally prescribed makes me sick when I take enough to affect the pain. I switched to Vicodon, but that isn't doing anything. The only thing that is helping is Zanaflex, which I've taken for a year in small amounts for headaches, but the amount I have to take right now puts me in a coma.

I started blogging about this whole process a few months ago if anyone wants to check it out:



  • My dr said it could take up to 6-8 weeks to show improvement. It is normal for the pain to be worse at first. As far as what helps, I used alot of ice packs applied to my back, it does help. If the vicoden isn't working, perhaps talk to your dr about something else to try for your pain. Maybe your dr could prescribe something for nausea, such as phenegran, to take with the percocet, if it helps, just not a good idea to take more than prescribed. The good news with all this is, if the RFA works, you could get a year or longer of relief also, it can be repeated for extended relief
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