Radiofrequency Ablation - side effect ?

Radiofrequency Ablation - side effect ?

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Kinney
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Radiofrequency Ablation - side effect ?

Hello,
I had a cervical RFA on 4 levels about 12 days ago. My upper back (not so much my neck) has been in a good bit of pain. It almost feels like I have a sunburn running along my scapula, and the muscles are tight. It is sensitive to the touch - so I feel worse then I did before. I know it can take weeks to recover, but has anyone had a similar side effect from procedure? My Dr. said he never heard of anyone feeling "sunburned" after the procedure.
Thanks.

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RF side effects

I can relate. Your Doc needs to listen to his patients if he's never heard of the sunburn sensation. It's VERY common. I've had several cervical and lumbar RFAs. My tips: REST REST REST. Your body has been through a big ordeal. Pamper yourself with the pain meds (I used 10 days of oxycodone and my usual gabapentin),and cold packs. Ask the Doc to prescribe Lidoderm patches...very helpful....and/or VOLTAREN GEL....the stuff works miracles. Try to get a sample of it as it's very expensive, and few insurance companies pay for it. When the pain med runs out-use a muscle relaxant....you'll be getting restless and you don't want to overdo it. DON'T LIFT ANYTHING. My Doc and nurses finally admit it'll be many weeks (7 or more for me) before you'll really feel the benefits. Gentle movement to stretch is good after a week or so. Everybody is different though, so 'listen' to your body.just DON'T feel guilty about having to take the time to recover. (for me that's pretty tough too).
Best of luck to you! Hope this helps....

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Mine was lower back but felt burnt

I felt burnt underneath as well as have a burn you can see. I put ice for 15 minutes a few times a day even up to 4 weeks after the injections and it helped the burning. My Dr. said it could be temporary still burning of the sensory nerves in my situation and had no fever so no infection.. I hope you feel some relief soon. Mine took about 4 weeks to get some relief. Charry

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RF

What your Dr. should have made you aware of is that any time they are "messing" with you'd nervous system it can be a "Crap shoot" even after trial injections. Above are all true, I had the burning but it was less than the pain I had been in so I was okay with it. I was fortunate mine disappeared rather quickly. Good luck and hang in there.

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I could throttle my Specialist through lack of information

finally took the leap of faith with an anesthesiologist who's arrogance was very off putting but needed to get off all these drugs and actually have a life after 9yrs. Have been home and isolated most of this time as rare I could go out even with my crutch's. Was a week ago and lucky just stinging at 1st. 3rd day was murder, I wanted to throttle my Anesthesiologist. yesterday extreme back pain. So after reading everything all of you have written I will wait it out laid up and spending time on just me for the 1st time in a long time. Just lay in bed and read or Research other method's. I will give it 3 weeks as I did see a vid on the procedure and how large the instruments actually are and how many times it takes for them to put in and out and swirl it about to get the right position aka bruising and no wonder stinging, am so lucky no burning only on day 3.. I did go for a short walk the other day then was in pain laid up. So will take my time. I have had pretty much every spinal injection that you can get but 1 lasted only a very short time. There is no way I can go off these Med's. It has been 8yrs and the drug increase it at it's limit.I admire those that can go off them but if I do I can't sit, lay down, stand for more than a few moments without an adult to help, extreme pain, tears and cause I have kids I talk in made up language so they don't hear me swear to the high heaven. The hospital says I have a very high tolerance to pain. I hate the pain killers so much but I cant live as I did. I was thinking of going a second time if it worked for a little bit but no way in hell now. So true, luck of the draw. My Specialist said 70% success rate, then I read other medical sites 50%. If i had know 50% i would not have gone for something so risky. I have spent to many years in pain and tears. At ER or my doc for morphine which has next to no effect. Years ago i could only use Pethadine but then did not work, upgraded to Morphine though i used to trip out, now I can't feel it though i gives a tiny bit of relief but not much. Have had 3 full doses of Morphine once in ER once and i was still just on a level of 7 to 8 after nothing more they could do. No way will I try this again it seems to risky 50% and risks of permanent damage and the pain for a few days to 12 weeks were I have read people who sound almost suicidal the pain is to much. Sorry to be negative but to many people who are worst off in the beginning and we only want sometimes just a few months of pain relief, yet this procedure can make it worst. No thank you. The AMA or the international Asssocation should give a realistic grading of it and how it works and the accurate and honest results to expect. I feel for those who have no 1 to help them during this time. I am sound negative and as someone noted " Go to Doctor ASAP if you feel you have problems. Did that and was still left in pain and in the dark. Still to all of you out there you must go in case of infection which i don't have but if you do it could be very dangerous. i am just so peeved about the wrong stat's and reality based information after the procedure. Good luck to you all

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I could throttle my Specialist through lack of information

finally took the leap of faith with an anesthesiologist who's arrogance was very off putting but needed to get off all these drugs and actually have a life after 9yrs. Have been home and isolated most of this time as rare I could go out even with my crutch's. Was a week ago and lucky just stinging at 1st. 3rd day was murder, I wanted to throttle my Anesthesiologist. yesterday extreme back pain. So after reading everything all of you have written I will wait it out laid up and spending time on just me for the 1st time in a long time. Just lay in bed and read or Research other method's. I will give it 3 weeks as I did see a vid on the procedure and how large the instruments actually are and how many times it takes for them to put in and out and swirl it about to get the right position aka bruising and no wonder stinging, am so lucky no burning only on day 3.. I did go for a short walk the other day then was in pain laid up. So will take my time. I have had pretty much every spinal injection that you can get but 1 lasted only a very short time. There is no way I can go off these Med's. It has been 8yrs and the drug increase it at it's limit.I admire those that can go off them but if I do I can't sit, lay down, stand for more than a few moments without an adult to help, extreme pain, tears and cause I have kids I talk in made up language so they don't hear me swear to the high heaven. The hospital says I have a very high tolerance to pain. I hate the pain killers so much but I cant live as I did. I was thinking of going a second time if it worked for a little bit but no way in hell now. So true, luck of the draw. My Specialist said 70% success rate, then I read other medical sites 50%. If i had know 50% i would not have gone for something so risky. I have spent to many years in pain and tears. At ER or my doc for morphine which has next to no effect. Years ago i could only use Pethadine but then did not work, upgraded to Morphine though i used to trip out, now I can't feel it though i gives a tiny bit of relief but not much. Have had 3 full doses of Morphine once in ER once and i was still just on a level of 7 to 8 after nothing more they could do. No way will I try this again it seems to risky 50% and risks of permanent damage and the pain for a few days to 12 weeks were I have read people who sound almost suicidal the pain is to much. Sorry to be negative but to many people who are worst off in the beginning and we only want sometimes just a few months of pain relief, yet this procedure can make it worst. No thank you. The AMA or the international Asssocation should give a realistic grading of it and how it works and the accurate and honest results to expect. I feel for those who have no 1 to help them during this time. I am sound negative and as someone noted " Go to Doctor ASAP if you feel you have problems. Did that and was still left in pain and in the dark. Still to all of you out there you must go in case of infection which i don't have but if you do it could be very dangerous. i am just so peeved about the wrong stat's and reality based information after the procedure. Good luck to you all

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I could throttle my Specialist through lack of information

finally took the leap of faith with an anesthesiologist who's arrogance was very off putting but needed to get off all these drugs and actually have a life after 9yrs. Have been home and isolated most of this time as rare I could go out even with my crutch's. Was a week ago and lucky just stinging at 1st. 3rd day was murder, I wanted to throttle my Anesthesiologist. yesterday extreme back pain. So after reading everything all of you have written I will wait it out laid up and spending time on just me for the 1st time in a long time. Just lay in bed and read or Research other method's. I will give it 3 weeks as I did see a vid on the procedure and how large the instruments actually are and how many times it takes for them to put in and out and swirl it about to get the right position aka bruising and no wonder stinging, am so lucky no burning only on day 3.. I did go for a short walk the other day then was in pain laid up. So will take my time. I have had pretty much every spinal injection that you can get but 1 lasted only a very short time. There is no way I can go off these Med's. It has been 8yrs and the drug increase it at it's limit.I admire those that can go off them but if I do I can't sit, lay down, stand for more than a few moments without an adult to help, extreme pain, tears and cause I have kids I talk in made up language so they don't hear me swear to the high heaven. The hospital says I have a very high tolerance to pain. I hate the pain killers so much but I cant live as I did. I was thinking of going a second time if it worked for a little bit but no way in hell now. So true, luck of the draw. My Specialist said 70% success rate, then I read other medical sites 50%. If i had know 50% i would not have gone for something so risky. I have spent to many years in pain and tears. At ER or my doc for morphine which has next to no effect. Years ago i could only use Pethadine but then did not work, upgraded to Morphine though i used to trip out, now I can't feel it though i gives a tiny bit of relief but not much. Have had 3 full doses of Morphine once in ER once and i was still just on a level of 7 to 8 after nothing more they could do. No way will I try this again it seems to risky 50% and risks of permanent damage and the pain for a few days to 12 weeks were I have read people who sound almost suicidal the pain is to much. Sorry to be negative but to many people who are worst off in the beginning and we only want sometimes just a few months of pain relief, yet this procedure can make it worst. No thank you. The AMA or the international Asssocation should give a realistic grading of it and how it works and the accurate and honest results to expect. I feel for those who have no 1 to help them during this time. I am sound negative and as someone noted " Go to Doctor ASAP if you feel you have problems. Did that and was still left in pain and in the dark. Still to all of you out there you must go in case of infection which i don't have but if you do it could be very dangerous. i am just so peeved about the wrong stat's and reality based information after the procedure. Good luck to you all