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?