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Anyone gone thru RFA

Nov 19, 2017 8:00 PM

Has anyone had success with pre testing for the ablation or actual ablation?

I get that everyone is different and no guarantees; however, when nerves grow back or they don’t take, is pain more severe?

Does pain come back in stages or all at once?

To my understanding the targeted nerves are disrupted from sending pain.

Sounds good at first thought, although I am wondering would it interrupt any new sensations of pain?

Could you be doing more damage because you’re not careful how you move since there isn’t anything sending message: Hey that hurts don’t do that! Know what I mean?

Oh and if you had the procedure; did you use sedation or not?

Thanks all...

Nov 20, 2017 4:19 AM

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.

Nov 21, 2017 8:05 AM

Thank you AnimalLover2, I appreciate the input.

Did you have to have “test” for it?
Or did you just have the ablation?
Was there a didference?
How are you feeling now?

Sorry for the barrage of questions...but do appreciate input..

Nov 21, 2017 8:06 AM

Oh, what was/is the recovery time? I mean where you felt like doing “normal” activities; walking, standing type stuff..

Nov 21, 2017 10:57 AM

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.

Nov 21, 2017 1:04 PM

This might be a stupid question, but what is RFA? and what is it used for?

Nov 21, 2017 1:19 PM

It's where a doctor burns the nerves where it it is causing pain. She does this with electrodes.

Nov 26, 2017 5:11 AM

? 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.

Nov 26, 2017 11:16 AM

Thank you for the explanation Spunky. I was wondering what it was because I'm trying to find information on potential long-term or permanent solutions to my horrendous back pain.

Nov 27, 2017 1:10 PM

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..

All my best..

Nov 27, 2017 1:13 PM

AnimalLover2, how are you doing?
Are you pain free or reduced pain?

Nov 27, 2017 4:05 PM

I have pain in my lower back every once in a while. Nothing like it was.

Nov 28, 2017 5:30 AM

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.

Dec 01, 2017 7:40 PM

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!

Many blessings to you all!
Thank you...

Dec 02, 2017 7:12 AM

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...

Dec 03, 2017 5:13 AM

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.. :)

Dec 04, 2017 12:41 PM

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..

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