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Had RFA today

EMS GuyEEMS Guy Posts: 1,036
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:58 AM in Pain Management
I had my first experience with RFA today. I'll admit I was pretty nervous about what pain I would have during the procedure.

I had it done in the doctor's office. I took 5mg Valium right before the procedure. Honestly, the only thing I think the valium did was made me a bit dizzy.

He did the procedure on two levels, both sides of my back. At first, he shot me with lidocaine to numb up the area and then did the RFA. The actual procedure was almost pain free.

As soon as he was done, I was moved to the waiting area and that's when the lidocaine began to wear off! After getting home, the pain was about a 7, close to an 8. I took a Percocet and went to sleep. I woke up a couple hours later and my pain level was about a 6.

Since then, I went grocery shopping, made dinner and cleaned part of the house. Pain level right now is about 4-5 with percocet on board.

I'm hoping most of the discomfort will be gone tomorrow morning.

Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2


  • I am simply amazed at how much better my back feels. I was able to move around work today without pain. I can't say how long it's been since I could say my pain level was a (0), but I think I was there today.

    Hopefully, it will stay this way for a while. Maybe my body will get a break from pain medicine for a while.

    Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    It's so great to hear great outcomes like yours!

    Best of luck to you!
    Honorary Spine-Health Moderator
    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

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  • Glad to hear the RFA did the trick for you! It is an amazing experience when we get those little glimpses of little to no pain. What a gift it is! Happy for ya.

  • Great to hear and hope the pain relief lasts for you. I'm hoping to get that procedure when I get into the hospital pain center. 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
  • I was wondering how it went for you - sounds better than mine did...RFA's are great when they work, unfortunately the nerves usually grow back but enjoy the relief for now, glad it worked for you!
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  • Hey Keith!

    So glad to hear that your RFA went well! Hope the effects last months for you. I had one done on the 20th as well on my SI joint, and so far, so good as well. Congrats, and hope the new year brings less pain for you!!
    APROUD CANADIANveteranButNOTa doctor, my thoughts are my own
  • That's fantastic!
  • I was pretty nervous about it going in, but I'll have to say the PM and his staff did a great job of explaining it and informing me what to expect afterwards.

    Though the procedure itself didn't hurt too bad at all (must have used a lot of lidocaine!) right afterwards it did hurt pretty bad. I don't want anyone to have the impression that the whole thing didn't cause some pain.

    I'm still feeling pretty darn good with an occational issue when I bend the wrong way causing mechanical pain at the fusion site.

    Hopefully, the nerves will take their sweet time growing back!

    Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2
  • Long time no chat! Glad to hear you found something to give you relief.

  • Hi Angie!

    It has been a long time! I took a break from SH for a while and when I came back, I didn't see any of your posts. I wasn't sure if you were still posting or not.

    It's good to hear from you again;)

    Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2
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