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Question About Nerve Ablation

Hello Everyone,
      I won't give a long post, I need the help of you guys to help me determine if I should proceed with my Cervical Nerve Ablation. I had a   Diagnostic Cervical Facet Joint C4-C7 nerve block this morning  to see if a nerve ablation would work for my pain. It did work however I am concerned if this may make my cause more damage long term. 

All that to say is disabling this signal the best thing to do? I am thinking this would be like a check engine light coming on in my car and just popping the hood and unplugging the sensor that is causing the check engine light.

I may be way off that is why I am asking the question, because I honestly have no idea. Thank you for very much for your time and all of you that may read this and have some insight.  

Ian
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  • liliollilio Silver Spring, MarylandPosts: 7
    Hi Ian, as far as I understand it, if the nerve block helps then you are a good candidate for the Ablation procedure. If it doesn't  help, it means that those nerve are not the cause of your pain. I don't know what else one can do to relieve those nerves from sending pain signals for a longer period of time than  a few days with a nerve block agent. Have you tried other therapies?   Acupuncture, medications, physical therapy, chiropractic ....none of these relieved my neck  pain and headaches. I had my procedure a week ago on my C2-C3 and I was not sedated at all and it was very painful, has your Dr. said whether they are going to give you an IV or other relaxers before the procedure...have you spoken to the Dr about how much pain you will have after the procedure and how long it will take to recouperate?   I should have asked these questions. I will never have it done with no sedation again. I thought it would be a breeze because the facet joint medial nerve blocks  were not that bad and I was up and about with no problems. But it is not the same at all IMHO....
  • My Ablation helped bring down my overall pain levels to a more manageable level.
    The insistent pain was so much any more.
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  • mjordenmmjorden IllinoisPosts: 3
    I have had several nerve ablations in my cervical spine ( I have another one next month ). My experience has been very positive. They should not cause more pain long term as the nerves will regenerate. They typically say 6-18 months.  This is the only procedure I have had that has provided me significant longer term relief. I hope this helps you. 
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  • mjorden said:

    I have had several nerve ablations in my cervical spine ( I have another one next month ). My experience has been very positive. They should not cause more pain long term as the nerves will regenerate. They typically say 6-18 months.  This is the only procedure I have had that has provided me significant longer term relief. I hope this helps you. 

    I just had an RFA on 8/31/16 on left side. Pain is no longer there but quite a bit of numbness.  Did you have numbness and how long did it last if you did? I thankfully had sedation and can't imagine not.  Can't wait to have other side done in a couple of weeks.  Not keen on the numbness but I'll take it over the pain! How many RFA's have you had and how long have they lasted? Have the earlier ones lasted longer than the latter ones? 
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