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New member interested in experience with RF ablation

jshewm007jjshewm007 Posts: 1
edited 02/10/2015 - 8:36 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello everyone! I have no problem using my real name; websites (not this one as far as I know) are getting hacked daily, so it's my way of saying I am genuine.

Here's my hopefully short Hx: 64 year old male; had pain primarily noticeable bilaterally in my hips with radiation down both legs. Thought it was just osteoarthritis (which I KNOW I have in my cervical spine from Dx 30 years ago, and now notice sometimes in my hands and wrists.

But the "hip" pain kept getting worse; my primary care doc, who is GREAT suggested hip x-rays. Guess what? No arthritic changes. Then off to an Orthopaedic Surgeon (also GREAT) and got an MRI. Seems I am not content just to have ONE problem in my lumbar area: I have: degenerative disc disease, scoliosis, spondylosis (which I know is a catch-all), and of course, osteoarthritis! (If I seem to be injecting some humor it's because one of my pain coping mechanisms and I HOPE it helps others!).

So off to a physiatrist (once again, GREAT). Two rounds of bilateral cortisone injections at three lumbar levels. First round offered moderate relief but not enough to get me off pain meds or reduce the dosage. Second round, no noticeable improvement.

Next, off to a Pain Management MD (an anesthesiologist), who, yes, was and is also great. Have the medial nerve block done, and for the first time in over a YEAR, when I first get up in the morning, I am able to stand up out of bed without having to brace myself with one hand on the bed, and the other hand on the dresser, just to avoid excruciating pain. This has continued to last well past the time the anesthetic wore off, which I contribute to the pain management doc also starting me off on gabapentin.

Tomorrow, I am having RF ablation on the right side at the lumbar level. So, of course I am stricken with anxiety as there are posts from those who found the procedure extraordinarily painful to those who did not, and from those who found relief, and those for whom it only worsened the pain and/or created a whole new set of pain problems.

I will try and keep everyone posted if someone can point me to the correct forum on this site. Blessings to all (no matter your faith or if you are a non-believer).

Jim Shewmaker


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