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How many injections before radio frequency nerve ablation?

I am curious to know how many steroid injections people have had before having radio frequency nerve ablation done. I've had injections twice so far. First, my previous orthopedic surgeon injected the right SI joint. I had immediate relief from the anesthetic but very short term relief from the steroid. Then my new pain management doctor did a bilateral injection. Immediate relief and even more lasting relief from the steroid, although still short lived. I saw the pain management doctor again today and they feel confident that it's the SI joint causing all the pain but want to inject one more time before doing the ablation. Steroids injections make me feel really sick and crazy for 2-3 days afterwards, and having it done under sedation isn't cheap. Do you think it's reasonable to ask they consider skipping the third injection and just moving on to the ablation? Pros and cons?


  • I had my first SI injection a month ago. I was thrilled with it for 24 hours then the pain all came back and then some (along with some nasty, long lasting side effects!)
    At my follow up, I asked if I could go ahead and have the ablation done and my pm said "well, you can but it's very hard to get approved thru insurance and the procedure is not an exact science... it's very complicated, low success rate.. this is the reason the insurance companies try to avoid approving the ablation". They also told me that there are hundreds of nerves in and around the SI Joint and that it's almost impossible to burn the ones that are actually causing the pain.
    With that being said, my surgeon did tell me that having BOTH injections and ablation is the "gold standard".
    I'm scheduled for another injection on 10/22. I want to cancel it.
    Have you seen your Dr again since your post? I'd love to hear an update.
    Good luck to you :)
  • mrossomx2mmrossomx2 Coal center Posts: 42
    I had 2 bi-lateral steroid injections and then I was able to get my left side done. I was not able to get a bi-lateral ablation done not sure why but after having the left side done the pain was pretty intense very short lived but still intense. I already feel the deep pain is not there so I hope this lasts and I cannot wait for my right side to be done
  • mrossomx2mmrossomx2 Coal center Posts: 42
    My dr refused to do both, I think he is news t doing them as there was an attendant there giving him instructions :) he did very well and so far I am at 1 week from procedure and feel good, a few sudden sharp pains but I nothing bad
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