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HELP: Nerve ablation: who has had it? Results

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edited 06/11/2012 - 1:21 PM in Pain Management
Hello

I am finishing up first phase of PM post PLIF last Oct 07 that "settled" and is causing groin and other back issues.


I never expected this and do not know if settling is even what happened. X Rayed after this event,

Neuro said pain will go as spine settles in - so far not completely gone, but some relief from PM nerve block shots.

The next step will be nerve ablation if this does not hold.

Who has had it? How does it work? Painful? Does it last?
Any ideas on getting a second opinion from another ortho surgeon or Neuro?

Any blogs or Md opinions on this site on this post surgery pain?
Thank you

Betty Sharpie 60
RI

PLIF Rods and screws with doanted bone graft; bone stimulator and Pt for 6 months
OCT 07;
6 glorious pain free months;
sudden pull to right low back Apr 23rd. (Putting a small printer in car).
Sent to Pain Management June- started June 21st with Lumar. SI, {piraformis, Right Hip and next facet shots Aug 23rd.

Possibility of Nerve ablation if this does not work.



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  • I am trying to get some answers too. I have had too many shots that do not hold. I am going Fri for 3 nerve burns L3,4,5 and am scared Dr. is having the sleep Dr. their so I will be out while this is getting done they tell me it is a 30 min surgery. I just do not know how I will fell after. I have read a post once months ago that this guy had one and he was in tons of pain and do not know how he is doing know, My Dr. office says that I might have more pain for a week or two and than it should be ok. Easy for her to say. I would like to chat with someone who has gone threw this as you do too. Hope we get some answers and I sure hope your feeling ok. I have been using the lidoderm patches and they keep the edge off. The pain pills make me sick even the low dose but, have them just to be safe. Let me know either by PM if you get any answers.
  • Hi,i had nerve burns in the discs you said your having yours done,please pm me at anytime if you have questions,i am doing great now i have had no nerve pain in my lower back.It was painfull while the nerve was dying,bur after about a month i started to feel better,it was worth it to me to have it done,make sure you have extra pain meds.....
  • Thanks for two repsonses

    This so scares me. I think mine would be L2 3 4. I have groin pain radiating from the low back to the front.

    I do not think it is the surgery site but will know more at my re evaluation.

    I have little or no pain from 12 noon on butthe am I always have pain as soon as I step out of bed. I am grateful I am sleeping.

    I am on Naprosyn which is really not good for me. I have Vicodin if I need it. They tried ultram and lyrica nad I had reactions. The ultram did cut the pain.I wish I could take it.

    THE MD said I would feel no pain - that they use radio waves.

    But from what I read on this site there can be pain and it last a while.

    I hope we get some more ansers from others who have had it.

    Thanks Betty
  • Thanks for two reponses.

    This so scares me. I think mine would be L2 3 4. I have groin pain radiating from the low back to the front.

    I do not think it is the surgery site (L5S1) but will know more at my re evaluation.

    I have little or no pain from 12 noon on but in the am I always have pain as soon as I step out of bed. I am grateful I am sleeping.

    I am on Naprosyn which is really not good for me. I have Vicodin if I need it. They tried ultram and lyrica nad I had reactions. The ultram did cut the pain.I wish I could take it.

    THE MD said I would feel no pain during radio ablation - that they use radio waves.

    But from what I read on this site there can be pain and it lasts a while.

    I hope we get some more answers from others who have had it.

    Thanks Betty
  • the groin/butt/leg pain also and the rhizotomy is awesome! just do not expect immediate relief. the nerves do not die right away and will be angry at you for a while. It did resolve the groin pain also. I have always been awake during mine and my doc says that is the only way to ensure that the correct nerves are being burned. the patient needs to communicate when the doc hits the nerve that causes the original pain. do not be afraid. it will be well worth it in the end and I am sure that you will have meds to help you get by. Please keep us posted on your progress.
  • I have had this done so many times. But some of the times I would have it done on Thursday and be back to work on Monday. Still in pain but not so severe that I could not work. That was when I had one or two levels done. The last time I had six levels done and was in pain for quite awhile.
  • Thanks so much for help here.

    i have had nerve damage since age 32 I am 61 now So itis a long time and a lot of damage L5 S1 originally.

    This groin pain drives me nuts. By late afternoonitis almost gone Then next day start all over again

    I have had the PLIF surgery which I thought resolved it 6 glorious months!!

    And then BINGO! all over again.

    I have had 6 different typpes of blocks. in 3 weeks we do the facets and 2 weeks later we decide on nerve ablation.

    Thanks agian

    I feel better about this

    betty
  • Betty,

    I've had numerous RF Ablations done. All of them were in my neck and base of my skull. I agree with PITB, it's best to see if they can be scheduled for a Thursday or Friday so you have the weekend to recoup a bit. I have had some work like magic and some take a few weeks to produce the desired results.

    "C"
  • Hi all,
    I just had my first RFA done on the 9th of October. Not so bad as far as the procedure went and I was awake, just given a little drowsy medicine. He burned or ablated 4 nerves. Exactly 2 weeks later, last Thrus, I was about 80% pain free!! And today, three weeks out even more pain reflief!! This has been a good thing for me as I suffer from bad facet arthritis in the L4-5 area. But it is so true, give the RFA some time to work...my Dr. said up to 4-6 weeks. A GREAT thing for me!!
  • It actually made the pain at injection site worse, i'm hopeful about my plif surgery june 16th.
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