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Post RFA...

DaneMom3DDaneMom3 Posts: 2
edited 10/13/2014 - 1:16 AM in Pain Management
Hello everyone!
I am a 43 yo female with a history of severe Rheumatoid arthritis and Fibromyalgia for the last 11 years. I have been in remission for 3 years and recently (Feb 2014) started having some pretty severe cervical spine pain. Upon rotation my neck feels really "stiff" and painful. Getting a good night's rest is nearly impossible. After seeing my Rheumy in May and verifying that my disease is inactive she referred me to a spinal doc. In June I had my first bilateral facet block of c2-c7...womp, no good. Within 10 days I was back to taking my prescription huge ibuprofen (Duexis) 3x per day. The Dr. scheduled me again for the same thing in August. No go this time as well. Finally they tried the RFA bilaterally on C1-C6 (may be off here)...it's been almost a month and I am back to taking the 3 pills per day. High dose prednisone has been the only thing to give any real relief.
I guess my question is this...what comes next? I will phone my doc's office tomorrow, since they said it could take up to 3 weeks to see any improvement, but what kinds of options to relieve the pain are there??

Thanks to all.


  • sandisandi Posts: 6,269
    edited 10/13/2014 - 1:48 AM
    It can take a month or so for things to settle down post RFA procedure. Did you get relief from the test injections ( nerve blocks prior to the RFA)? If you did, then the RFA should bring longer term relief from the pain. In the meantime, ice is your best friend , to reduce swelling, inflammation and pain. 15 minutes on, and then off for half an hour is the recommendation, along with anti inflammatory medications if your doctor allows them.
    A frozen bag of peas or corn works really well for a reusable ice pack, just make sure to write somewhere on the bag not to eat them afterward......
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