Swaye, I've had rhizotomies also, they last about 4-6 months for me. I have noticed when it stops working the pain is worse than ever. I'm going in June for more back shots if the back Dr. is willing to do so without cortisone steroids. The cortisone shots helped more than the rhiz's did. But I have diabetes so the cortisone is not good for my blood sugars. I cannot understand the unwillingness of your Dr. to prescribe the pain meds for you. I have no problem. Have you been to a pain clinic? One medicine that helps my back, knee and hip pain is the ointment Voltaren Gel. It's a script but in-between times when you are waiting for pain meds, you could use it. I have had great luck with that. It is available as Diclofenac as an oral pill, but I find the gel works better and is better for your body to use the gel. Good luck. Brenda
Dx'd with: lupus, hbp, sleep apnea, spinal stenosis, ankylosing spondylitis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, GERD, osteoarthritis, some rheumatoid arthritis, chronic pain, diabetes, insomnia, chronic bronchitis, pulmonary hypertension, edema, have knee replacement and hip replacement, tinnitis and probably more, but I feel glad to be alive and kicking (not too high) !