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RFA Gone Wrong?

chocolatepillscchocolatepills Posts: 3
edited 11/25/2015 - 1:03 PM in Spinal Injections
Hi I am new here but needed some advice with reference to RFA (RadioFrequencyAblation)

I had my fourth go at it yesterday evening. I have had very little pain in prior years. But last night I was very very uncomfortable. The pain didn't ease off until I had extra Oramorph and my Zomorph. The pain is kind of like something being squeezed between my vertebrae. The pain the goes down both hips and into my thighs, mainly the left side. (I had six ablations, 3 on each side Lumber 1,2,3).

So I woke up this morning, still burning, still sore, and because I am an amputee it has set off my phantom pains in my left below knee stump also. I am going to call the GP but I am so uncomfortable that wanted to know if this has happened to anyone else.

She didn't feel she got all the nerves, so where has she burned me, and what is the long term consequences of missing the nerve?

Please I hope someone can help. TIA.

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  • 1) I have had back pain since 1997 I was 20 at the time.
    2) The back pain is a result from trauma (I jumped from a building and landed on my feet) I fractured four vertebrae, and now have arthritis as a result.
    3) I have had MRI's etc, all show 'wear and tear'. I am now under the pain clinic.
    4) I have tried many things, started off with physiotherapy, then I had steroid injections, before moving onto ablation.
    5) Current pain meds are Oramorph, Zomorph, Cocodamol.
    6) They won't operate because they are worried about failed back surgery.
    7) The pain is nerve pain and damage and general pain. Worse when standing, better when leaning forward. Sitting for long periods hurt. Laying down in bed, I cannot turn in bed after I have slept for a while.
    8) Plan was ablation again as it had been successful before. However I think something has gone wrong. I spoke with my primary doctor today and said lets wait and see. But things are not good and pain is bad.
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    edited 11/26/2015 - 11:43 AM
    It sounds good you are now with pain clinic.
    I'm curious, as to you notifying your primary doctor, who you state responded with, "let's wait and see".

    Did you also notify your pain management doctor?

    Although, all my doctors are in the loop re my conditions, anything having to do with my spinal issues and my chronic pain, I always notify my PM doctor.
    And he also does all prescriptions for pain.

    If you are new to pain management, you may find the post re, Preparing for pain management appointment, to be helpful to you.
    If you are established with PM already, well, I would also notify my PM doctor.

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    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

  • I am not able to contact my doctor. When I was discharge I was given a sheet which said to contact my primary doctor if the pain is bad. To fill out a questionnaire after 8 weeks. But I am going to call them if it doesn't improve. It feels like my back is in permanent spasm! I am sure that isn't right. I am familiar with the pain clinic I have been under them for many years. Just never had the injections do this before which I told my primary doctor but he was like lets wait it out it could be irritation. I am keeping up with pain meds today so do feel a bit better. Thank you for your reply.
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