PROCEDURE PAIN! 3 weeks ago, I had 3 cervical radio frequency ablations. They were done on June 22nd @ C3-C4, C4-C5, C5-C6 Facet joint nerve roots. (Left side)
I have read a lot of success after healing from the procedure. I'm not there yet. I have a lot of burning pain deep where the needles were placed (like intense bee stings). The skin over the injection sites feel like a bad sunburn thats being rubbed with sandpaper! The muscles on my upper left shoulder felt like I've had muscles cramps (like when your calf tightens in the middle of the night and wakes you and it aches through the day although it is not cramping anymore) Dr. gave me a shot of toradol June 25th but only helped that night. July 1st I started Med dose pack of steroids, which helped a little with the muscle cramp feeling. Now, I get occasional shocks of pain in neck (like a long stinging needle) I have not given up hope that the rfa will work but wanted to know how long it has taken other people to recover from the procedure itself and how long before the rfa was successful.
I was in a car accident 1 year ago. Hit by a truck. The impact whipped my head sideways causing disc bulges @ C4-C5 & C5-C6 with small tears (surgery is not an option with the discs). I also have injuries to the facet joints, that's why the rfa was suggested after 2 trail nerve blocks that were helpful. Steroid injection 2 months after accident was unsuccessful. RFA is the only possible procedure to help me. I've had 2 neck MRI's, 1st without contrast, 2nd with conrast, X-rays, CAT scans of neck & back.
I'm just a little frustrated because the pain from the rfa procedure has not decreased yet....trying to be patient but it's hard when you don't know how long it will take to recover.