I had my follow-up appt at the PM docs yesterday following my facet injection at L-5/S-1. Since I had good results, the pain decrease was short lived since no steroids were used, I will have a nerve block done on Feb. 8th. She said a 50% pain reduction for 6 hrs is required for me to have the RF ablation done. Is this what everyone else that has had this procedure done were required to do?
If the lumbar RF works then we are going to start working our way up my back. Of course this isn't a fix so once we get to the cervical area it will probably be time to start over in the lumbar area again.
It would be nice to be able to move faster with these injections but with money being tight with me not working & being denied my SSDI I can't afford to go more than once a month. At least my PM allows me to have my injection and get my scripts during my regularly scheduled appt. Then the next appt we review my results and schedule the next injection for the following month and so on. At this rate it takes 5 months to complete all the testing & RF if all goes well.
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3