That is interesting to know about RF, this seems to be the only option they say for me to have relief so far. I am going to have it done because I need to try and manage this pain asap. I have not had an mri for atleast a year and my case is work comp, so thorugh them even though changes may occur I doubt that they will allow another one, unless the Dr. insists. I appreciate all the info. I have tried tens and such mostly just very short term help. I really just want the nerves to die, that would make me a very happy camper. I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend, if you need to chat I am here.
My facet joint problem is a result of an injury a patient fell on me while I was working in the hospital and he turned into dead weight and it injured t1-t5, I have chronic pain on my left side around my shoulder blade. So everything I do with my left arm is painfull, it happened on 3/06 and I am still having pain. I am on hydrocodone during the day, but after surgery hopefully I will not need it anymore. I am concerned because I had about 6 months relief the 1st time hoping this time the nerves won't come back. I don't mind having RF, it just is 6-8 weeks before I feel better and no guarantee for how long. I know that you probably are very similiar ro me in this. I wonder if there is facet replacement or something that could permanetely help us? I was a pre-nursing student before this and am now trying to figure out what to do, because nursing requires lifting frequently. Have you found work that is tolerable to you? I want to finish school, but am affraid to complete nursing with this issue. Let me know what your take is on this, please. I appreciate your story and wish you well, I am here if you need to chat.
Thanks for asking her for me I really appreciate it, sorry you are hurting, take some meds so you can feel better. I have heard nurses say both things that there are a lot of non-lifting nurse jobs, but they are only available after you have a lot of experience. I have also heard nurses tell me to save myself now, so I can be physically able to live my life and not hurt myself anymore. This is so confusing.... I know I will figure it out, sometimes it doesn't seem possible. I have been a little sad lately and that I know doesn't help, but I'm trying to stay positive. I hope you are feeling better, keep in touch, I appreciate all the info.
Me again, just wondering if you are also having depression symptom's. I was doing o.k. after I had my surgery and then for about the last four months ago I have been quite down. I got out today and did some shopping for a friend who is getting married, I felt better doing that. I had to get out of the house, lately I just don't feel like myself, I am usually strong minded and opinionated and I feel that is pushed aside right now. Has your Dr. talked to you abt. this at all? Well just thought I'd throw it out there, they say it is normal with chronic pain, but I guess I don't want it to be. Well take care, storms are coming here in Indy, gotta be safe:)
I hope you are fast asleep and feeling well. I appreciate your kind words. I too feel as though my old self is not here anymore, I just wish I could snap out of it, but I know it is not that easy. It is so nice to have someone to talk to that walks in your shoes. Not that I wish you any pain because I don't but it is nice to know I'm not crazy, just scared and in pain. I think the pain meds make the emotional side worse. They do help with the pain, but I do truly feel like I'm not the same. I have had life issues that brought me down, but I was always able to spring back to myself. I think this is probably the first time that I have really felt that I have lost myself, not totally. The spring in my step, the giggles, the just joy of enjoying everyday. I am trying to find appreciation that I am not bedridden or quadraplegic or diagnosed with any other major diseases. I am gratefull for that everyday, I just want my joy back. I will also fight through and find a new self, it is hard but I am working on it. Thank you again and I hope you have a great week.
Sorry I have been so chatty, not one to complain a lot usually, well until the injury anyway. I do appreciate your concern and thoughts. I know we will both find a somewhat comfortable place at some point. The weather bothers me a lot as well, I joke and say I should be a weather person because I can tell when a front is moving in or out. I am sorry you had such a painfull day. I actually am getting a cold or bronchitis so I stayed home from work and have been on the couch most of the day. I started feeling bad last night, but I thought it might go away with rest, not that lucky. So I will be vegging around for the next few days or so. Well take care of yourself, I'm wishing you well.
Hi, I figured I would weigh in on this one.
I have now had about 5 facet blocks & 2 Rhizotomy (RF) procedures done. My doc did 3 blocks b4 proceding to the Rhizotomy, 2 helped 1 didnt & all for varriying amounts of time. The first Rhizotomy was awesome....I got almost a full year of relief before the pain started to return and it took another 6 months for the pain to be back at full force, I had another block shortly after & then another about 3 months prior to having 2nd Rhizotomy. I also had an Epidural 3 weeks before the Rhizotomy which I will NEVER EVER EVER do again!! Just for the record ;) This 2nd Rhizotomy was done back in April and I have to say it was not as effective as the 1st, I am still having a bit of lower back pain that I did not have after the 1st procedure so I am a bit dissapointed about that. I will probably have it done again because for now it is the best option. They tell me there is nothing else they can do so I do what I can. Good luck, hope you are one of the ones who gets long term relief!!
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Thanks for sharing your experiences. It is hard to figure out what are the best options for us as far as relief is concerned. I wish you luck too in finding a treatment that works for a longer period of time. Take Care:)
Hey, a year is better than nothing thats for sure. And yes, its so frustrating trying to find something that will work! Good luck to you as well!