Radio Frequency Ablation

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Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 11/20/2008 11:47 AM (GMT -7)   
We've heard of this from Straydog Susie who seems to be leading the pack of people
in neck in pain and back pain. We have also heard a bit from Chartreux.

How does it work? I've never heard of it before - such a strange other-worldly name.
I will check today on the internet but I'd first like to hear from real people.

Pamela Neckpain

straydog
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   Posted 11/21/2008 11:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Ok gal, in my laymans terms,lol. The needle is in place at whatever level is being done. It is then attached to a machine by way of a wire that actually heats the needle although you don't feel the heat, at least I never did. I have heard it called burning the nerve roots ect. I hope I have described this correctly. My dr also gives his patients light sedation, however, you are not knocked out because you must be able to answer his questions when asked. My neck I did fine, no problem had medial branch nerve blocks too. When he did my back and the facet joint, he hit a spot in there with the needle that nearly brought me off the table. I mean I let him know real fast it was not good, even tho he reproduced the pain I was having, good for him but not me by a long shot. He said he hit a real hot spot, I said you hit a very painful spot,lol. But, all in all, I survived it with no battle scars so I did good.The pain was so intense that I became very nauseated afterwards. Of course you have to have a driver that day and you are not allowed to leave the clinic until you start settling down. I am very glad I did the procedures because they did give me relief. Susie


PAlady
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   Posted 11/21/2008 11:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Pamela,
I've never had the procedure, but researched it a couple of years ago because I was considering it. Doctors have to be able to pretty closely locate the source of your pain, which was a problem in my case. But one doctor told me what they do is "injure" the nerve so that it can't transmit pain impulses, at least not until it grows back, which can happen over a couple of years. I thought they completely severed the nerve, and he said they used to do that, but found a lot of people got phantom limb pain, so now they just injire it with heat.

PaLady

straydog
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   Posted 11/21/2008 12:02 PM (GMT -7)   
By burning/heating the nerve root, it renders the nerve unable to send a pain signal to the brain-forgot that part,lol. Susie

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