Thank you for the support everyone. It was a very nice surprise to see all the support that has came in over the past fews days ;)
@SE, I'm going to try to dive into some details here, so that you and others will have a better understanding of this procedure (as in all honestly i learned quite a bit more about how it works myself today)
@ Straydog, I ended up receiving the "lite" version of this treatment. From the literature I had received, I thought I was getting the original procedure but I talked to my doctor and I ended up recieving the "pulsing (aka lite)" version instead of the steady heat version. This lite version does less damage to the nerve and does not kill the nerve ending like the full heat original version. As my doctor put it, it essentially "stuns" the nerve, which blocks nerve signals. Instead of killing the nerve, it bascially puts the nerve into a coma. The regular version where the nerve ending dies and regropws gives up to 1 year of pain relief. This version, because it incompacitates the nerve has a shorter duration (4 to 6 months), but the afterward pain is a somewhat less severe and the recovery time is a little quicker. I STILL dont fully understand the technique myself, so take my accuracy with a grain of salt here hehehe.
845am was rise and shine. At 920, I take 2 50 mg nucyntas as allowed before the procedure (100 mgs of nucynta is = 15 mgs of oxycodone...just so you have an idea of pre pain reduction potential) At 1000am im filling out forms and putting my john handcock on quite a few forms. At about 1015 im back in the operating room (which for a very minimally invasive surgery/procedure, I still find it funny when they said "doctor R, your paitent is ready in the OR" hehe). So now they verify that I know its my right side being done today and that in 3 weeks, I will be returning to get the left side done. MY BP was taken and it was 145/98, high but expectedly so. I'm placed face down on the table with rubber dams set up arround the area to be worked on. The skin is immediately cleaned and preped, and the first needle probe is applied (as our 2 more as 3 nerves are being worked on. once the needle probes are set in place, a needle with numbing agent is placed through the needle probes (which have been left in place) and the licocaine like material is dispensed. This is fairly painful for about 15 seconds but tolerable. Repeat x2 for other areas. Then a jolting electric probe is placed into the first needle probe and the doctor asks if I can feel pain and muscle spasms and the device jolts the nerve. THIS BY FAR was the most painful part of the ordeal. the electrical pulses are very strong and have to be applied long enough to make sure that ONLY the effect nerve is being touched. The first two areas jolted around the buttocks area and the first one jolted the thigh a bit. Therefore, it had to be adjusted and repeated. Ouch! The 3rd jolting area was short lived as it didnt affect the thigh or front leg muscles, but it caused my back to arch, which was very temporary but extremely painful (untolerable if it had gone on for more than the 5 to 10 seconds it did, hehe i actually yelled " thats good the correct spot ow oww owww oww owwwwwwww OK OK" hehe. SO now I was ready to have the nerves heated through pulsing to stun them. The First nerve wasn't to bad at first but the numbing agent didnt quite do its job. The pain started at about a 5 and ended up at about an 8 with a burning feeling, but by the time I hit that level of pain, he only had about 10 more seconds to apply the pulse so i told him just finish dont worry about numbing me more. The pain went down just a few seconds after he finished that nerve. The other 2 were almost painless as the numbing agent did its job well for those two nerves. The whole ordeal lasted only about 20 minutes total and I was done, so severe short pain but very short lived. I only experienced 2 short moments of extreme pain as the rest was quite tolerable.
I then went to the recovery room. MY pain level did go up a bit about 20 minutes after the procedure but it was tolerable. Walking was fairly difficult as I was limping (however after sleeping for 8 hours, I was walking normal when I woke up). My back wasn't spasming yet (the doctor said it soon would though) so rather than take more pain medication, I took my maximum dose of Klonopin (1mg yeah i know still pretty low), and a 5 mg cyclobenzarpine tablet. Now I hate cyclobenzaprine with a passion, but the combination of cyclobenzaprine and klonopin proved to be a very very good sedation/hypnotic combination and certainly keep the spasms at bay. I sleep for about 8 hours in a very lucid state, very peacefully, and when I woke up, I was quite out of it. In about an hour I was back to though, although by this time my pain was on the rise. I took a few Nucyntas which decreased the pain by about 50 percent to tolerable levels.
I definately believe the procedure will decrease atleast some of my pain because during the jolt test, some of the areas affected where areas I experience pain. I know this isn't a cure all, but again I do expect to see some results :) OVERALL, it wasn't too bad, and if anyone has this procedure recommended to them, I say take a few days off work and go for it.
@Skeye, Frances, and Ms Bunky - Yeah I tried to keep my mind off of it by focusing on giving detailed answers to the doctor. I made sure the main info he needed to know was front loaded but then tried to make it a complete setence as to focus on talking and get my mind off the pain. It did help somewhat. I think ill try the desert island next time hehe.
MRI revealed a bulging disc w/gel lost at L5 and showed the bulge touching nerves, causing sciatica. Diagnosed w/ Arthritis which is responsible for joint inflamation pain. Treatment: Nucynta 50-150 mgs every 6 hours (schedule II narcotic, Mu Opoid agonist and NE reuptake inhibitor), Celebrex 100 mgs, Klonopin .5, Epidurals, Radio Freq nuerotomy (sept 8th, 2010)