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Am I having a serious complication after neurotomy?

I'm new here. Looking for some answers while I wait to see my Dr on tuesday. I am in a huge amount of pain-8 or 9 out of 10 and can barely move. Sorr this is so long-there's a lot to it.

I had a radiofrequency ablation (neurotomy) to c2/3 in my neck 2 months ago. This is my second nuerotomy. The first one was very effective and lasted at least a year or two. This one was completely different-I had a lot of pain for the first 2 or 3 weeks, much more than just the "sunburn" feeling they describe. The radiated up from my neck to the top of my head along the nerve's pathway. This happened last time as well and then when the nerve died, the area was numb but this time it never went numb so I believe the nerve wasn't completely killed and instead is now just more angry.

I have now had a headache 24 hours a day and am on gabapentin, vicodin and muscle relaxers. Last week, I experienced a flare up while dealing with my daughter as she was throwing a huge fit. Since then, I've felt like I have a pinched nerve. It's like a toothache type feeling and is very acute. I had cranial sacral therapy and it got worse, saw the pt the next day and it got even worse. At this point I can barely move and there are no meds that help. Fortunately, I don't have any numbness or tingling in my arms and have been told that's a good sign.

The muscles in my neck are flared up and you can actually see the asymmetry. The muscles on the left side of my spine in my neck are sticking out more than usual and then next to it, there is a hole. I saw an accupuncturist today and she was very concerned and said that hole seems like I have a muscle that is not functioning and that I have some really weird things going on with my nerves. It's right where I had my neurotomy. I wondering if I just need an adjustment and that my spine is out of place and she said yes, it does seem like there is a spot that is out but to be very careful until I see my Dr. on tuesday and that I'll probably need an MRI and someone that is an expert to look at it.

At this point, I'm just trying to wait it out and make it until my next Dr. appointment but I'm very worried. I've done some research on the internet and haven't found anything like this as far as nuerotomy complications. Is it possible he numbed the wrong spot? Has anyone had a failed neurotomy repeated? I was told by his nurse that insurance won't pay for it because they only pay for them every 6 months but if that's the only option I'll pay the $1200 out of pocket. This pain is so extreme that I can't function like this. Any advice would be greatly appreciated :).
Neck injury due to car accident: 2009. Diagnosed with cervical sprain and facet syndrome at c2/3.


  • I hope this was posted in the correct forum-not sure if a neurotomy is considered a surgery so I apologize if this is in the wrong spot :).
    Neck injury due to car accident: 2009. Diagnosed with cervical sprain and facet syndrome at c2/3.
  • for the procedure, seeing your pm doctor who performed the procedure is the best advice.
  • Thanks for the response. I am waiting to see the Dr that did the procedure but in the meantime I am in debilitating pain so I was hoping that someone on here might have gone through something similar and could let me know what their experience was.
    Neck injury due to car accident: 2009. Diagnosed with cervical sprain and facet syndrome at c2/3.
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