... radiofrequency neurotomy. Has anyone ever had this done? Does it work? I know everyone is different, but I just wanted some advice to see if it is painful and if it does indeed help. What do you think?
Hi Angel, I have had two sets of test blocks done on a total of six nerves. Then I had the radiofrequency albation (nerves are burned). Is that what you are talking about? The goal is to deaden the nerves that are most likely transmitting the pain. It has been two weeks since I had the procedure and I was told to wait 6 weeks. I can tell you that I'm glad I did it, because I'm out of ideas. It is a very INexact science though, and they all admit it. Good luck to you.
I have had both done but I really didnt have much luck. I found the radiofrequencies to be fairly painful for just a few weeks of relief but I do know of people who have had them done and have been pain free for 6months to a couple of years (I just wasnt that lucky!). After your RF treatments be sure to ice down a lot. It helps with the pain and inflammation. You may need a little extra pain meds for the first week or two after because they are a bit painful. Do them under sedation if they give you the option. It is worth a try. I'm thinking of maybe trying it again. It has been a few years and I'm getting worse so who knows? maybe it helped more than I thought. Good Luck with yours. I hope that you get the relief you seek. Back pain sucks!
Hello Angel! I just wanted to share my experience with you and hope it will be the same for you. I had this done after having 2 back surgeries and still dealing with sharp pain in my lower back. This procedure gave me about 1 1/2 years of relief. I am about to have it done again because the pain has come back. As far as the comfort level... they put me out for it and I didnt remember a single bit except them asking me if I was ready and next thing I knew I was in recovery. Hope this helps! God Luck!!!
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