Finally saw my NS today and he wants me to have radiofrequency nerve ablations done on two levels of facet joints (above and below my fusion). I had it done once before, on one level, about two years ago. I said at that time I would never have it done again because the pain afterwards was so intense and I'm not sure it helped at all. Well, given that I want to avoid more surgery at all cost, it looks like I'm going to have to do this again. I'm scared.
Can anyone else give me their experience with this procedure? Did anyone have an increase in their pain immediately afterward? If so, how long did it last? Has anyone had any good pain relief from a RF? Again, if so, how long did it help?