Radio Frequency Ablation

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drjimmy
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   Posted 1/29/2011 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm seriously considering having radio frequency ablation done as a last resort for my excruciating nerve pain down both legs & feet. I'm looking for feedback from anyone who has had this procedure done (Both positive and negative feedback would be appreciated). I'm in constant, daily pain and despite the fact that the pain meds are helping, I'm still in unbearable pain. If anyone out there has had this done, please tell me your experience with it. Thanks and I hope all of you are finding some relief from your pain.

Eric
Herniated Lumbar Disks L5 S1, L2 L3
Herniated Cervical Disks C6 C7
Spinal Stenosis
Degenerative Arthritis Left Knee
Pes Planus Both Feet
Multiple Neuropathies
Brachial Plexus/Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Nerve Pain in Arms, Hands, Back, Legs, Feet, Groin, Testicles

Chartreux
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   Posted 1/29/2011 9:41 PM (GMT -6)   
hey there Dr. Jimmy,
Sure hope the Radio Frequency Ablation can help you. It helped me somewhat very little
and the pain it left after the procedure, to me just made this more bothersome as you
will hurt cause it's more invasive than the injections, but it's also an insurance proto call
that this be tried if the injections fail. Before any other procedures can be tried.
Look up the "Styker Discectomy Probe" as that's the procedure I wish I could get as
I believe it would help me more, but my insurance said it was experimental.
I hope you can get a low pain day soon.
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purplereading
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   Posted 1/29/2011 10:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Unfortunately, It did not help me. The test dose using lidocaine, seemed to work, so we went ahead with the ablation. It was done with a local, not too much pain, but no relief, hope it works better for you.

straydog
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   Posted 1/30/2011 10:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jimmy, I had it done on my neck and low back. I got great relief with my neck, however, it did not work as well on my low back. I would say give it a try, at least the dr will do a diagnostic block first to know if something like that will help you or not. You never know this may be just the thing that gets you some decent relief. I had done everything possible with drs on my neck pain and nothing helped. But this took care of it and I was very skeptical too. If my neck were to get out of hand again, I would not hesitate having it done. My dr gave IV light sedation when he did the RF too.

Good luck.
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Lee61
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   Posted 1/30/2011 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi ~ I had it done too, and I didn't get any relief. You have to remember too that this is only a bandaid fix. It is not a permanent fix -- it's only temporary. Nerves grow back - they grow at the rate of one inch per month on average. So even if you get some relief, the pain WILL come back.

I wish there was something permanent we could tell you about, but I don't think there is anything. Best of luck and God bless. Hugs, Lee

Tirzah
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   Posted 1/30/2011 11:31 PM (GMT -6)   
it helped me a TON! I had it at L5/S1 and L4/L5 at the same time. Often would become bedridden before the RF, now that never happens. I still fear becoming stuck in bed now b/c it was so awful, but it hasn't happened since the RF took effect. I had the procedure over a year ago & it is still really helping me today.
But as Lee wrote, average time that people benefit is 6-18 months. Though my last RF lasted for 6 years. Partly it depends on how quickly you tend to heal.

Jazzie9444
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   Posted 1/31/2011 1:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I get radial frequency every 5 months.  I love it.  I  use to get back injections until I couldn't take the codesone anymore.  I have been getting the radial frequency for about 3  years and I am ready to go have it again.  It is the best that I have had.  It doesn't take the pain away but definitely helps with the easing of the pain.
 
Jazzie

edt
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   Posted 1/31/2011 6:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I had RFA of the neck done in Dec. and it worked.  What a difference in my life!!  I was told it would last about 6 mos.  It took a few days for my body to believe I was pain free in this area.  After that, I became aware of all the other area's of pain that were not so obvious with the severe neck pain.
Good Luck, its worth the try.
Patti

Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 2/1/2011 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I too have had this procedure done. Did not work for me. The only thing I got relief with was the stuff they inject you with so that it won't hurt so much....and even then I only got 6 hours worth of pain relief.

Good luck though

Hugss

Scarred
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drjimmy
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   Posted 2/2/2011 3:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the feedback...Sounds like some good, but a lot of not so good too...I'll have to try it and hope for the best...It sounds like if it doesn't help, at least it doesn't usually make the pain worse...so what do I have to lose? I can't live like this! Thanks again

Eric
Herniated Lumbar Disks L5 S1, L2 L3
Herniated Cervical Disks C6 C7
Spinal Stenosis
Degenerative Arthritis Left Knee
Pes Planus Both Feet
Multiple Neuropathies
Brachial Plexus/Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Nerve Pain in Arms, Hands, Back, Legs, Feet, Groin, Testicles
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