I've had it done to my lower back and I'm going to have it done to my neck. I've only had it done once a few month ago so it hasn't grown back yet. The only sedation I've had is a lorazepam for my nerves.
I first have shots to see if it will work. Where she numbs me in the area she is going to burn. She does this as a test to see if it is going to work or be useful. The actual burning of the nerves doesn't hurt but the injections and tests she does leading up to it hurt like the dikens. You aren't suppose to do anything for one day. You can't take a shower for 24 hours. You can't get in a bath or pool for 5 days. I felt better right away and recovered the next day.
? Oh my no shower? No bath? (I don’t have a shower—oh my) but I’m getting pretty good at doing nothing “giggles”
Thank you for the input AnimalLover2. You’ve put me more at ease. I guess I just have to try it. This seems to be the only option for my pain and they’ll do bilaterally..even if it doesn’t take pain away completely; maybe to reduce intensity of pain! I have been at a high level for a long time! Not like I can be paralyzed...right?
@ AmbrielleLyn, this is new to me too. As AnimalLover2 said, they disrupt the spinal nerves so brain can’t receive pain signal. This is different than the “shot in the arm”— these target specific spinal nerve groups based on your symptoms. Being a candidate for the Ablation is determined by 2 sets of “test” injections. I’ve been told the nerves will grow back—relief can be anywhere from 6mos to a year or more.
AmbrielleLyn the thing with this is that it doesn’t take care if reason for pain and you’re not on drugs. I personally am afraid of all the “safe” drugs such as lyrica, cymbalt etc..it seems you have to be on multiple meds to find right mixture and then the side effects..I tried gabapentin at a very low dose and it screwed with my equilibrium. (Doc said we need to increase it 😳) .I’m not interested in pot in any form...
Somewhere in the forum people have talked about CBD oil..I guess there are certain kinds.
Which this procedure seems to be a viable option, but I cannot help but wonder of other trade offs that aren’t mentioned or documented yet..
AnimalLover2, Glad that the RFA is working out for you, I get that done twice a year and it's a big help most of the time, there are sometimes that it doesn't help much but it still helps just a little. I've been getting this done for about 3-4 year's now I think and it's helped more than not. Swelling is a pain for the first couple of days but it's worth it once the swelling and soreness leave.
Wow! I really tried to be skeptical about being injected yet again...but these injections ARE done differently even if the medication is the same...I have been 2 days without pain...I have not been out of pain in years!
Moparmom, do you know if they will stop the injections because too many or no longer effective?
I have some hope now that I will be able to lead somekind of a life!
Well that was short lived...I won’t be able to take any more injections because I cannot find anyone to drive the hour to meet me at surgery center and they don’t like the idea I’ll be driving within the 24hr period..but they don’t want to drive the 4hrs up to my place, nor do they want to drive in snow, which will be worse where I live! .I don’t have many choices...oh well, such is life
I pray all of you more love and happiness...lessend pain... All my best...
Spunky..is there a neighbourhood watch group where you are? Community page or something to ask for a lift? It’s hard asking for help, but remember it makes most people feel really good to help others. Hope someone is out there for you.. :)
Thanks AnimalLover2 and Megagirl...it’s hard to stay on the sunny side...whom ever takes me will have to make a 4hr drive (round trip from my place to hospital—and wait for me to go through procedure) our communtiy on aging said they haven’t any services such as this; however, I’m too young!
I thought maybe I could get a hotel room and have a taxi drive me to and from—-a person has to be on premises with me! (So how did I do this the first time: I flew my son in on his day off) Big hugs to you both..