Thanks Straydog :)
In preparation, I have been using less of my pain medication in preparation for the procedure (and due to a decrease in pain severity as of recent, the first one in a long time) so if the pain afterwards comes in strong, I'll atleast be better prepared as tolerance to medication builds slowly and resets quickly (a few days of low dosing seems to do the trick). I am experiencing some mild withdraw, but its tolerable, and thankfully I got permission ahead of time to take my medication before the procedure, so atleast I have taken the preparations needed, plus I requested a few days off work for proper rest.
I do know what you are reffering to. From what I understand, theres a RF "lite" version of the procedure that uses pulsed heat instead of direct heat and it is supposed to be less painful and have a quicker healing time. However, the downside to that version of the procedure (as i understand it) is that the pain relief is sometimes less significant and the long lastingness of the procedure is usually shorter. Therefore, I'm ok with getting the original standard procedure. A little more pain now = good chance at less pain for up to 1 year.
I have heard the sucess rate is pretty good stray dog and I am very encouraged by that. I do understand that as Dani said, there's a possibility that the results might be less than expected, and if that is so, I can live with it. Better to know I tried to solve my issue, than to accept defeat and wonder what could have been while being in pain. I think attitude is a huge part of pain perception just like remaining active and having a support network is :)
Thanks Momto6boys for the support. I promise I will be here, rain or shine, sometime soon after the procedure :)
Ehhhh I try with the advice, sometimes I hit dead on and sometimes I fall off the horse. I try to keep my mouth shut if its something I'm in the dark about though, but even if a little light is shining in my brain, I tend to feel the desire to share it with others.
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)
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