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Steroid Shots, S1 and nerves burning

Hi Everyone,

I have had 2 steroid shots in my S1. So far both have helped me for about 3 or 4 weeks and wear off. Last time my Dr. said the next time I come in, if I have gone so many days or weeks without pain he would burn the nerves back there. Ok, I don't have any idea what this means. I've had a double fusion at L 3/4 & 4/5 with instrumentation. I also have Osteoporosis with 3 compression fractures, so when they do the steroid shots I have to have sedation because I cannot lay on my back. Please, I need a little info. ?


  • Nick_MurphyNNick_Murphy Posts: 171
    edited 05/21/2013 - 11:54 PM
    Hi, I believe what your Dr is referring to is Radio Frequency Nerve Ablation, a procedure where the use specialised instrumentation to kill targeted nerves using Radio Frequency. You should be able to find plenty of material on these forums if you search for this and/ or RFA.

    One word of advice I would give, having undergone RFA twice as part of my pre surgical treatment, is to ensure whoever is giving these injections does so under X-ray control and not simply through feel. This procedure is delicate, and you don't want them "burning" the wrong nerves. The procedure I was told can provide relief between 6 and 12 months, and my first treatment did provide relief for around 8 months, however the second time it was much less.

    I hope you find the information you need, feel free to ask any questions you have, I am sure there are others who have experienced this treatment too.

    Regards, Nick
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