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cervical rfa...need advice

Hi! I have facet pain in my cervical spine and my PM wants me to do RFA. I am willing to try it, but another of my care providers said it isnt as successful as lumbar RFA. I have had the RFA done 2xs on my lower lumbar spine and it worked very well. I just dont want to go thru even more pain to find out it probably wont be sucessful. Does anyone else have any suggestions or thoughts? I am so confused and scared.
Erin Roche
L5/S1 Hemilaminectomy
SCS implant in 2012
plus much much more...


  • The pm doctor will perform a "test injection" to confirm that the rfa should work........meaning that they will give you an injection of lidocaine or something similar to see if it relieves the pain for a few hours. If it does, then they will want to go ahead with the rfa in the cervical area. If the test injection does not relieve the pain, the pm doctor probably will not go ahead with the procedure.
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