I had my RFA done almost 2 weeks ago (22nd) I had the usual, expected discomfort, right afterwards. Iced the area and took my dr.'s advice and took it easy for a few days. Since then I have noticed that things seem good and I get the feeling it has worked as long as I'm sedentary, but when I try to increase my activity my legs end up aching so badly and the pain increases in my lower back and right hip. At almost 2 weeks, its it just too early to tell if this is going to work or should there have been a noticeable improvement by now?? I know that it could take up to 6-8 weeks. If there nerves were burned into, how am I still feeling this same exact pain that I felt before the RFA?
This is hurting so bad right now, I could absolutely give into tears. The pain is consuming my whole being. It's very painful. Shouldn't I now be able to increase my activity and notice some kind of difference in my pain levels??? It's so frustrating, I allow myself to be convinced by my dr's that this would help and here I lay on my couch, 2 weeks later, with no benefit from this procedure. What works for all this back pain? Where do the answers lie? What is the next step if this does not work?
I know this is done if the culprit is expected to be arthritis. But could my pain actually be coming from the central canal stenosis that was discovered after an MRI, right before my RFA?? I'm suspecting now that this is the case and my pain is not coming from my facet or SI joints but rather from the stenosis.
I wish I could take a break from having to be attached to my legs. This just plain hurts.