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   Posted 1/23/2012 1:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I have a 42 degree curve scoliosis, quite severe. I have tried everything, medications, chiropractor, massage, injections. I also have a lot of pelvic pain which is another story. I have gotten opinions from 3 doctors all telling me that due to the severity of my case, go for it. Sme doctors have said the pelvic pain...sorry.. But others state it may help. I had an appointment Thursday, was all ready, then I gets message stating "we don't do sedation on Thursday's" professional huh? I was angry. My question is have you had it done? If so, what has been the results and do I really need to be sedated, can I just try it without? Please, any advice is welcome.
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   Posted 1/23/2012 6:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lasardo, if this were me, absolutely I would want light sedation for this procedure. Even with light sedation you will feel some pain but its at a tolerable level. I do have a high pain tolerance too.My dr talked to me during the procedure and asked if I felt pain at certain levels. Its not something I would want to do on a weekly basis. I had this done on both my neck and low back. It worked great on my neck when everything else had failed there. As for my low back pain it did nothing for it. Before having the actual procedure done my PM dr did a diagnostic block to see if that relieved my pain, is your dr going to do this or not.

I think its worth having the procedures done but not without sedation, we hurt enough as it is. Good luck and take care.
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   Posted 1/23/2012 8:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I've had ablation done to my neck. Before they did it I had facet injections and then a medial branch block. The first time I got 9 months relief the 2nd time only 6 months. I'm due to have it redone again next month.

I did mine without any sedation. Wasn't the most pleasent experience, however it was tolerable. I think it depends on your pain tolerance level and the PM's preference. However this time around I am having it done with sedation. I think the difference is the PM.

Just a little note, make sure your insurance is going to cover it. I had a PPO with my first one and they decided afterwards not to cover it, however they covered the 2nd one. I hate to see anyone stuck with a huge bill like I was.

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   Posted 1/23/2012 9:33 AM (GMT -6)   


      Morning Lasrado!

            ...I'm with Stray on this, and would certainly opp for the "Sedation" ....and I'm thinking retiredmom has had the "Ablation" done more than once...but I could be wrong. Maybe she will swing by and see this post.

     I guess we have to be patient to the will of the medical soceity at times to get what we need, but I understand your frustration with the matter. I don't blame you one bit!

       Hopefully this will work, and you will get that much needed relief that you need. I'm still waiting on MRI reports and getting this Pain Pump decided on, or at least the process started. At the moment, I don't have a good feeling about all of it, and bet the Insurance will balk at it. rolleyes  

 Take care,

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   Posted 1/23/2012 10:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Go with the sedation and reschedule the date...not worth the anguish and don't forget to ice
the site for 24 hours after...Many well wishes and keep us posted as we do care...
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   Posted 1/23/2012 2:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had it done, actually within the last two months and while I felt some relief from the left side, when I got the right side done all of the pain came back, so now I'm back to square one. You do not want to do this without sedation- my Dr put me out both times, but woke me up when he was doing the actual burning because I had to give him feedback. I wish you the best of luck and hope that it works for you! *hugs*
Current: DDD L4-S1, Arthritis L4-S1, Facet Syndrome, 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.

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   Posted 1/23/2012 6:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I just wanted to say hi Leslie. Haven't seen you in a while. Hope you are doing ok. I have not had that procedure done but i believe i would suggest going with the sedation.
Keep us posted.

Take care
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