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fireflyhillary
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   Posted 1/10/2012 9:05 PM (GMT -6)   
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Hi, this is my first post. I found this forum due to suffering with chronic pain. The most recent pain is due to bulging discs L4-S1 and arthritis is in same place! I have had epidurals, facet blocks, and most recently (over last two months) radio frequency ablation. My last RF treatment was on December 29th and I am still in severe pain. When I had the first treatment in November on my lower back, left side, I did experience some pretty bad pain for almost two weeks, and I am almost at the two week period from having my lower back, right side done, but this time the pain is much worse. I have gone from taking one Percocet 10/325 per day to taking two. This still does not help much. I am also on Baclofen for the muscle spasms experienced after RF. I felt like the first RF helped, but after having my right side done, now my left side is hurting again. Now I am wondering if the RF helped at all?!? I don't know what to do, my follow up with my pain doctor isn't until the 20th and I am getting very emotional about this pain. Has anyone else had RF done? What was your experience with it? I am glad to have found this forum!
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Current: Bulging Disc L4-S1, Arthritis L4-S1, Interstitial Cystitis, Vulvodynia, Restless Leg Syndrome, Bi-polar, IBS, Fibromyalgia, PTSD. In past 6 months have had epidurals, facet blocks and radiofrequency ablation.
Past: Endometriosis, Adenomyosis, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. 3 laparoscopies, 2 cystoscopies, total hysterectomy, appendix & gallbladder removal.
All of this and I'm only 33!

Blessedx8
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   Posted 1/10/2012 10:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Fireflyhillary,

Welcome.... I'm sorry you are dealing w/ so much, though. I'm 38 and I have a ton of stuff, too. It sucks - no other way to say it!

I'm sorry, I've never had RF so I can't help you there... but I know others here have - so maybe they will have some input.

Pain can be very frustrating and, yes, very emotional. I have my extreme moments about it, too. It helps having a support system... and I hope you will find that here.

Look forward to getting to know you better. --Tina
I am a Christian mommy to 8 children - 6 wonderful boys and "surprise" identical twin girls. The kids are the love of my life, truly.
Health/Pain Issues - too many to list; feel free to ask
Medications - been on just about all of them; again, feel free to ask.... My faith and my children sustain me, even on my worst days - oh, and my friends here at HW :)

Chartreux
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   Posted 1/10/2012 11:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Yep, had the RF procedures done, two weeks out try a combination of heat then ice packs, like a one two punch
to see if that can help better...it's still early on so it might take a week or longer til you feel the relief, so
give yourself some time...try the heat and ice and at your next appointment maybe ask about
ultra sound physical therapy to help with any scar tissue....hope this helps...others will come by,
many well wishes and I hope you get relief soon, keep us posted as we do care...
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straydog
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   Posted 1/11/2012 12:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Firefly and welcome aboard. I am glad that you found us but sorry that you have to be here. It is always nice to have a special place to go to and be able to discuss what is going on with you and really know other people do understand what you are saying and going through.

I had RF done on my neck & back. I did great with the neck but no help at all with my lower back. But that is how it is any time we have these procedures done, a real hit or miss, no guarantees they will work.

I am assuming that you are under the care of a PM dr. I do not understand why he/she does not have you on an extended release pain medication that will last much longer than something like Percocet that you have to take frequently. Meds like Percocet that only last 4-6 hours are not effective long enough to really get your pain under good control and you spend your time chasing the pain instead of controlling it.

You may want to try alternating heat/ice, sometimes just using heat only can cause additional inflammation.

Take care & keep us posted on how you are doing.
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Alcie
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   Posted 1/11/2012 12:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had luck with just using tramadol for the pain for a couple of years; then the pain stops when the disc is absorbed by the body.

I've had ablation was for painful slipping ribs, which still slip (slide over each other) after 2 1/2 years (accident). They started hurting again a year after the procedure when the nerves grew back. I'm considering getting it redone.

It's not a permanent cure, according to what my anesthesiologist pain doc told me before doing the procedure and I've read. Also my doc told me sometimes the nerves grow back in a bad way and cause worse pain than what the ablation was supposed to stop.

I've got a new bad disc, waiting for MRI report. I was thinking of surgery but will consider leaving it alone if my regular pain doc thinks it might resolve like the other one did.

fireflyhillary
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   Posted 1/11/2012 2:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Chartreux- Thanks for the information. I have been doing ice and heat, but mostly heat as the ice is pretty uncomfortable. I know I need to give it more time, just getting a little inpatient. I've not heard of ultra sound physical therapy, but will ask my PM Dr about it when I see him next week.
Straydog- I've heard of the extended release pain medications, but don't know much about them. I know with the Percocet I am not supposed to drive when I've taken it, are the extended release medications the same way? What are some examples of them that I can ask my Dr about?
Alice- I've been given shots of tramadol before for my interstitial cystitis, but they never helped all that much and have never touched the pain in my back. I'm glad that you have had luck with it. Also good to hear that you had a good experience with the RF. If my nerves have grown back in a bad way how would I know? Sorry about your bad discs, that can't be any fun at all.
Thanks for the replies everyone!
Current: Bulging Disc L4-S1, Arthritis L4-S1, Interstitial Cystitis, Vulvodynia, Restless Leg Syndrome, Bi-polar, IBS, Fibromyalgia, PTSD. In past 6 months have had epidurals, facet blocks and radiofrequency ablation.
Past: Endometriosis, Adenomyosis, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. 3 laparoscopies, 2 cystoscopies, total hysterectomy, appendix & gallbladder removal.
All of this and I'm only 33!

straydog
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   Posted 1/11/2012 2:48 PM (GMT -6)   
It would be best to approach the dr with asking to be put on an extended release med. Usually if a patient goes in and gives the dr a specific name of a medication that raises a red flag with him and then you get looked at like you are a drug seeker. So, with that being said just ask for something that lasts longer.

I do not understand why you cannot drive while on Percocet unless you are very sensitive to it and it makes you groggy. You are not on a high dose at all. Most of us drive while on our BT meds. i have a pain pump implanted and drive when ever I want to, my meds do not interfere with that at all.

Ultrasound therapy is a heat treatment that goes deeper into the tissue than a hot pack will. It is machine with a wand and they put gel on the wand and glide it across the area of the body that needs treatment. This is usually in all drs offices that do PT on their patients.
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fireflyhillary
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   Posted 1/11/2012 3:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Straydog- You make a good point about not asking about a specific medication- thanks for suggesting that.
I have driven while on Percocet, but I always thought it was a big no no. I don't really get groggy with it as it makes my mind race and I can't sleep while I'm on it.
The ultrasound therapy sounds like something I would like to try- thanks for explaining it to me! :)
Current: Bulging Disc L4-S1, Arthritis L4-S1, Interstitial Cystitis, Vulvodynia, Restless Leg Syndrome, Bi-polar, IBS, Fibromyalgia, PTSD. In past 6 months have had epidurals, facet blocks and radiofrequency ablation.
Past: Endometriosis, Adenomyosis, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. 3 laparoscopies, 2 cystoscopies, total hysterectomy, appendix & gallbladder removal.
All of this and I'm only 33!
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