I had a Medial Branch Block a month ago, I’m due to have the Second one in 2 weeks and 2 Days. I’m not sure if a 3rd one is done before radiofrequency Ablation but I have read people have good pain relief results that last anywhere from a few months to 3 years. My Neurosurgeon pretty much told me Surgery is not an option for me since my condition is degenerative , so I guess they will only treat the pain until my spinal canal has seriously narrowed. Has anyone else had Cervical Ablation? Sedated? How long did the pain relief last??????????
Cb1227, I have OA and DDD but I've also had 4 surgeries and too many nerve blocks. My doctor was talking of nerve ablations at the C2 level that is causing me headaches daily. But because my 2016 & 2017 disc surgeries aren't healing (donor bone) he may have to redo them and use my own bone tissue. I'm glad to hear you've had good results so far. Hugs love & prayers you will have long term good results! 🙂❤🙏🌼
Thanks FlappysLady , I’m needing a lot of rest in the Day time and just before 2nd shift at work because of the severe pain at night ,so I got my fingers cross the 2nd round works a little better for me, because the first one I only saw a slight difference until at least 48 hrs later , even then the pain disappeared for only 2-3 days. So I’m going to hope the 2nd time will be a charm🙂. Another member say it worked ok for a relative so that’s what I’m hoping for 9/24
I had the 2nd 1 about 9 hrs ago , but during the Triage part of the visit , the assistant asked me what was my present pain level from 0-10 I said “0 Pain Free”, but 3 hrs after the procedure I’m in a little muscle pain , with difficulty turning my neck. I got to wait to see how long it will be before pain creeps up again
An RF nerve ablation procedure that is what got me out of my misery after the first surgery of my low back. The ablation was done at two or three levels and on both sides of my back. The relief was enormous and lasted 2 years the first time, and the second time it lasted 3. But be careful because the body at some point to stops responding to those RF ablations, which was my case after my second surgery. They tried and ablation but got minimal relief that lasted about 6 months; subsequently I got four more every 6 months or so but with no benefit whatsoever.
I think the RF nerve ablation is what they're talking about doing at my C2-3 level due to 2+years of neck related headaches. I'm glad to hear it can be helpful. I went through 2 years of steroid epidural spine blocks (injections/injx). Unfortunately the doctor did too many too close together and I developed osteopenia, so I can't do then but rarely, one every 6 months, not even steroid injection for bursitis, which in is both hips, shoulders and knees. Everything good has a downside sadly.