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Pain in opposite side of back after RFA

kykel08kkykel08 Posts: 1
edited 11/14/2014 - 8:56 AM in Pain Management
Hi all,

I am new to the forum but have found this website very useful so far!

I am a 28 year old female (gymnast from ages 4-15) with a decent amount of back issues. I have arthritis in both my cervical and lumbar spine, multiple minor disc bulges and 1 tear, as well as minor cervical spinal stenosis.

My pain began about 5 years ago when I was working as a nanny and doing a lot of driving (daily for 3-4 hours at a time). The majority of my pain has been in my right lumbar and sacroiliac area, with sciatic-like symptoms into my hip and thigh.

After trying multiple treatments over the years (chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, yoga, PT, trigger point injections, epidurals, botox and of course those awful but helpful opiates) I finally found a doctor who seems to have been able to help me. He believes my pain is primarily facet-joint related. We have done 2 minimally successful diagnostic nerve blocks, and RFA 2 weeks ago. RFA was performed on my right side at 4 levels (S1-L5, L5-L4, L4-L3 and L3-L2).

The wonderful news is that my previous right-side pain is about 75-80% diminished. However, in the last couple of days I have noticed new pain on the left side (seems to be more towards the upper lumbar area than the lower - not like it was on my right side). The doctor's nurse did tell me before I had the procedure that sometimes this happens - apparently as a result from the most intense pain "masking" pain in other areas.

I do have a follow-up soon but I am afraid to bring this up. I have had so many doctors treat me as if I was exaggerating my pain or making it up that I'm afraid he will think I'm being a hypochondriac or worse - think I'm just trying to get more pain meds.

Has anyone had this experience with RFA, feeling new pain after the procedure has treated the original pain?

Thank you!


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