I just had a RFA (nerve block) on Oct 2nd. In the past this procedure has helped BUT as of today Oct 12, I am still in pain. How long will it take for me to experience some type of relief? I have had continued problems with the piriformis muscle and this procedure has helped in the past, over a year ago was my last procedure. At present the pain is just as bad as before I had the procedure. I have taken medication for swelling and related issues but I have returned to morphine for pain relief. Could use some advise on this and look forward to pain relief. Please advise...
Did you ice a lot in the first days? I have had this procedure done several times and I have found that really icing helps. I bought a big gel ice pack from the physical therapist and used that. I'm not a big fan of ice usually, heat is what seems to help my pain but after these procedures you do gets lots of inflammation and that requires ice. It is not too late to try applying ice. I had mine on for 20min of every hour while awake in the first days then spaced it out a little more. I was really surprised that ice seemed to help more than anti-inflams. Hopefully, this pain proves they got the right spot! Remember, this is essetially killing that nerve, so it is painful! I used to laugh and tell my doctor that this procedure hurts so bad that you only think you are better when the pain finally goes away. I did have numbness in one buttock cheek for about a year after one procedure. You might also want to try Salonpas. I use those patches a lot and they do seem to help.
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