Hello - I haven't posted in awhile but I had a question. I have had 3 rhizotomy's in a row now over the last 2 years. I had them on both sides of my lower back (L4-S1) and each time they seem to last exactly 4 months. I get pretty good pain relief for the nerve pain and have a 5mcg butrans patch for back pain. My problem is that when they wear off, which happens suddenly, the pain comes back to a level 8. It is hot nerve pain that is so diabiliating that I can't sit, stand, sleep without it bringing tears to my eyes. It takes forever to get an appointment with my PM doctor and I am only allowed to do these twice a year so I always have this strange 2 month gap where I go from high functioning to almost bed-ridden. I asked my PM to prescribe so I can take 2 vicodin's a day...one for morning and one for night and it seems so difficult to even get that for pain relief that it drives me crazy even having to ask for it.
I am venting here but my real question is, does anyone have increased nerve pain after they get these done? I feel like I am stuck in a weird cycle now that I can't get out of and I can't imagine doing this for the rest of my life. I am irritated that I have gone from taking 1 Tramadol a day to manage pain and now I am up to narcotics and Lyrica because my pain has increased since I started receiving pain management treatment for it. I haven't been working for 5 years since this pain started after pregnancy and I can't solve it enough to go back to work and hold down a job. Is there anyone else out there doing these ablation's contiuously? I wonder if I stopped, that the re-generated nerves would finally calm down. I tried to wait 3 months in-between last time and I was absolutely dying. Please help with some advice!
Successful L4/L5 laminectomy 2000. Tore L5/S1 in 2007 after accident. Chronic nerve pain which I have been trying to solve for 4 years. Recently diagnoised with fibro due to upper back pain with tender trigger points. Tried every type of doctor and every type of treatment available with minimal success.