Since lumbar fusion 5 years ago the surgery was technically successful. From what I understand I have several sources of pain and some are from before surgery. The surgery just made some things worse, but still much better than before.
Lately the PM has given me facet joint nerve blocks which have helped nicely and yet not enough. It seems to be a good start. Next week I am scheduled for the RF lesioning procedure. He said it would hurt about the same as the nerve block shots which I though were pretty rough. (And I have had tons of shots in my back and mainly get SIJ cortisone shots which I find painful.) Any idea if they are much worse than the facet nerve blocks? Anything I should do or ask for before the event? I take 2-3 vicodin ES/day and 2-3 20mg baclofen/day. I am new to baclofen and they both help some. I really want to get more things worked out and resolved so I can get back to life.
Also, any ideas on if this will help as much as the nerve blocks? The research articles I found RF to work pretty good, but it's very complicated in the spine area and everyone is different.
Any thoughts, insight, or feedback is appreciated.