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RFA for SI Joint?

NumbskullNNumbskull Posts: 1,526
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:49 AM in Spinal Injections
Well, not only did I think my RFA was scheduled for yesterday, but thought it was going to be another cervical. Instead, it's actually tomorrow, and for my SI joint, how's that for a neurontin moment? lol

Has anyone else had an RFA there? Just wondering how painful this is going to be, after living through 2 cervical RFAs. He actually does 5 levels for this, the tech explained it to me when I had my SI joint injection, so I know it's not going to be a joyous experience, as we should only be having at this time of year...
APROUD CANADIANveteranButNOTa doctor, my thoughts are my own


  • Good luck with the RFA. I've never had one, but am interested in one myself.

    Hope that it is a huge success for you...Happy Holidays!

  • Kelly, wishing you only the best tomorrow with your RFA. I hope the pain is a lot less than you fear and that the relief is even better than you can dream of!

    Please take care! Best of luck tomorrow and good wishes to make your season joyous :)
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  • Thank you both so very much! I'm thinking of asking him to change it to my neck, as today the nerve pain in my arm has been off the charts, but then again, yesterday, it was my back and leg, so I don't know what to do, lol. I think I'll stick with the SI though, the chance of it helping there is better than my neck...
    APROUD CANADIANveteranButNOTa doctor, my thoughts are my own
  • for tommorow kelly, i do hope you get good lasting relief with the RFA

    take care

  • ended up going with neck today. They did go for SI at first, got the flouroscope set up and me positioned, but they couldn't see very well, as apparently I was full of gas! The pm told me it was okay, to let one rip!! LMAO As if!! He said they would even leave the room. omg... But we had a good laugh, and I said just do my neck instead!!

    He used the pulse wave instead of radio frequency, and wow, such a difference!! Not as painful! And even now after, although a couple of the nerves are irritated, I feel great, so much better than after RFA...

    So, my SI RFA is scheduled for next month, guess I better watch what I eat and take some Gas-X the day before LOL
    APROUD CANADIANveteranButNOTa doctor, my thoughts are my own
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  • Hope the neck burn helps with your pain. Looking forward to hearing how it goes next month.

    BTW, would you please keep that arctic air in Canada lol!!

  • Kelly I am SOO happy that this did not hurt as bad as the other!! I was praying for you!!!

    Keep us updated and I will keep you in my prayers Honey!!
  • Sorry they couldn't do your SI joint. I never heard gas would sop the SI from being done but hope they get it next time. I hope the neck RFAs last a long time for you. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • gas be gone for next month, no beans for you, lol

    but , hey thats great you were able to get cervical done and the pulse wave was less painfull and glad your feeling good
    take care
  • Thanks everyone!! LOL I know, who would figure, eh? And I didn't even feel like I was!! But, the gas actually shows up on the flouroscope, and makes it hard to see the joint, so he doesn't take the chance, as they inject into each of the spots where the nerves come out around the joint, there's 5 injections in all. I was facing the flouroscope, so I could see the screen and the tech actually showed me in both positive and negative views, in negative the gas showed up as a black mass. It was neat to see anyways.

    So just an update, I feel fantastic!! (well, my neck, anyways!!) My friend, who used to be a cook in the military, came over and cooked a whole bunch of different dishes for me to put in the freezer, so I can just take them out and pop in the oven or microwave for dinners! I was up all day, sitting or standing, and my neck only bothered me just a little bit! I can't even remember the last time I've had so little pain... Now, my back and leg are a different story, but this just makes such a big difference, I can't even describe it!!

    So, anyone who may be getting an RFA, ask the doctor if they can use pulse wave instead if radio frequency, it is sooooo much better!!
    APROUD CANADIANveteranButNOTa doctor, my thoughts are my own
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