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Has anyone had radiofrequency ablation done?

May 07, 2016 5:04 PM

I'm scheduled to have the diagnostic test done next Thursday and if it works they will book me for the radiofrequency ablation. It will be done to my C4C5 in my neck. I have foraminal narrowing with nerve compression and a couple herniated discs. I had an epidural done there before with steroids and no relief. So this time it will be the diagnostic test with anesthetic. I'm even very nervous about the diagnostic test since I didn't handle the epidural very well i got so nauseated during the procedure and of course you can't move an inch. He can't give me anything to relax me since I must be fully awake to help determine any pain relief. I've been going for lidocaine and ketamine infusions for over 1 year every 2 months and lately they haven't been giving me any relief. I hope this really helps but very nervous and would appreciate any info on others how have had this done.

May 08, 2016 7:20 AM

Hi Warrior I don't have any info that can help you but I am booked in for the same procedure in 8 weeks time and I'm nervous too 😬 I hope that you have good relief. Let me know how you get on I'll be thinking of you.

May 08, 2016 7:31 AM

I know quite a lot about it but have never had it
Some sites that might help you are:
● spine-health.com/treatment/injections/radiofrequency-ablation-procedure
● wedmd.com/pain-management/radiofrequency-ablation

If you'd like more info from me and or more websites then let me know or DM me ;)

May 08, 2016 7:32 AM

This is what they talking with me about doing. Prayers keep us posted.

Anxeity over this might try breathing and get them to play your favorite relaxing music? Ask loads of questions

May 08, 2016 2:51 PM

My other half had one done in February. It didn't seem to do much at first, but he says the last two weeks have been amazingly better and he is glad he had it done.

May 10, 2016 7:27 AM

Hi warrior, I just had one done about 3 weeks ago now and let me tell you what a difference! It usually lasts anywhere from 4-12months. With everything I do I have it done about every 6-8 months. The first couple of days after having it use ice for any swelling and bring a driver with you because the day you have the RFA done you should be able to have sedation, to help relax you and since you said it was going to be in your neck, get the sedation. (It's an awake sedation) and you shouldn't feel anything. I pray that you a great experience with the RFA'S as I did this time around. Praying for you! Please let me know how it went.

May 10, 2016 7:34 AM

Thank you it's so nice to hear good things about it especially after reading many bad experiences on the Internet. I'm starting to look forward to having it do with hope I pass the diagnostic test it would be so nice to have months of pain relief and maybe not have to take as many meds. Is their a max number of them that you can have in a life time? I will post how it went thanks for the advice. Prayers for you too.

May 11, 2016 7:48 AM

I have had them done several times on my low back. I just recently finished a round of them. There is some pain afterwards but once you heal I would say you will get about 70% relief or more. I also have SI joint arthritis so it doesn't help that pain as they didn't go to S-1. I have been told that this would help my neck pain as well, since I've had two brain/neck surgeries and also have some ddd in your neck. Usually they give you local injections first to make sure that by doing the RFA that you will get the relief you need. So, I had two rounds of local injections to find out if that would give me pain relief.

May 16, 2016 5:37 PM

I had my diagnostic test done last Thursday and it reduced my neck pain by about 70% it was hard to tell because the injections themselves I found painful especially after the numbing wore off. My neck is still soar where the needles went it he did all the facet joints of my neck. I got a call this week saying the test was successful and I'm booked for the ablation. I'm worried though since I didn't get 100% pain reduction from the diagnostic then maybe the ablation won't work. Did you have 100% reduction of pain from the diagnostic test? What if my pain is more from the herniated discs in my neck then the facet joints then the ablation won't work. I'll have put myself through all that for nothing. I'm booked for July 12th.

May 16, 2016 5:42 PM

They only gave me one round of diagnostic tests he said because I was young I don't know why that matters. He did the test so I wouldn't know if I got the 1 hour or 6 hour anesthetic to avoid the placebo effect from my results I guess I got the longer acting one but like I said only about 60 to 70 % reduction of pain but when it came back it was fast and noticeable.

Jul 14, 2016 6:44 PM

Hi everyone I had my pulsed radio frequency ablation done on Tuesday. My right side of my neck was done he did all of the facet joints on the right side. I hardly felt a thing during the procedure. Today Thursday still have pain from procedure and taking morphine for pain. I really hope this works for me the doc said it takes a week. If this doesn't work I don't know what options are available for me.

Jan 20, 2017 9:18 AM

I've had about 12 RFA's. The improve my pain level for about 6 months at a time but never completely take it away. The procedure is mildly uncomfortable. I have 5 levels of vertabrae done at each session. The doctor will first inject numbing medicine in then guide the RFA needle usually under X-ray guidance until he/she finds the nerve. They run a little electrical current and you have to let them know when you feel this. For me it tingles and feels funny. Then more numbing medicine and the heating begins. I never feel anything at this stage. Best of luck to you and I hope it brings you relief!

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