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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 8/22/2007 6:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello to all,
I just had my second RF procedure on Monday.  I'm still really sore, but getting better slowely.  Ice is definately my best friend right now.  I just wanted to check in, I know I told some of you that I was going for surgery.  All is well, just a lot of pain right now.  Hope all of you are doing well.  Hopefully it will work for a long while this time.
Take Care,

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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 8/22/2007 7:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Dear Afloat!

Rest tonight after your RF ordeal. I was thinking of you, as you mentioned your upcoming procedure in a past post. I'm in the "injection"/ & Lidocaine stages yet, probably will need the RF in the near future, so I will sympathize with you in advance! :) You've been thru a lot & I wish you the very best outcome!

I hope this round works for you! May your pain decrease, stay low (or go away!!) and let you live your life to the fullest!

You'll be in my thoughts & prayers tonight! Keep that ice handy!

And the Lake (Lake Micigan...) sends you its calming & peaceful benediction as well!

~ Lakeside (wearing a Lidocaine 5% patch on her SI area....& tipping a few Chardonnays...)
2 lumbar surgeries for L4-L5-S1 cystic tumor & post-surgical CSF leak complications. (Fall of '06). Central canal stenosis, severe degnerative arthrosis, grade 1 (21% shift) spondylolisthesis @ L5-S1 area, sensory & nerve function loss & radiculopathy in r leg/foot, on-going facet pain, sacral/illiac pain, lots of epidural fibrosis @ L5/S1.

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   Posted 8/22/2007 9:47 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Lakeside,


It is so nice to hear from you.  I'm glad that you are finding some relief.  I wish there was a magical wand for us and all of the people here to provide relief from these issues.  I am glad to have it behind me, 6-8 weeks to go, but I am hopefull I can get a good portion of my life and spirit back.  Take care of yourself,  hugs and prayers are coming your way.  Keep your Chardonnay handy hee hee....





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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 9/2/2007 6:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I am also in the Lidocaine inetion stages and am having mixed results of the testing. I have had very little information given to me by my pain doctor. I didn't even know that this was a "pre-surgery" procedure for diagnosis. I would be extremely grateful if someone could explain the procedure from a patient's standpoint. The doctors have told me almost nothing except that they use RF to "numb" the nerve.

Could someone tell me what to expect. Am Iawake during the surgery? How long is recovery? How much pain is expected?

I thank you for any help you can provide.

Post Edited (alwayshurtin) : 9/2/2007 5:56:44 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/5/2007 2:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I am not sure of your exact situation regarding the RF procedure, I do know about that.  What I know about RF is that it is related to relieving nerve pain.  My facet joints are twisted and are always pushing on my nerves causing constant pain.  This is why my pain Dr. recommended the RF procedure.  First I had test block shots done, they last for around 24 hours and you have to score your pain to see if it is decreased during this time.  You are awake for this procedure, you are given relaxation medication, but you have to be awake to communicate with the Dr. to make sure he is working in the correct area.  If you benefit from the blocks, then they will set up the RF procedure.  You will also be awake for it, with relaxation meds, both take around an hour or so, maybe less depending on the amount of nerves they are doing.  After the blocks it is quite painfull at the injection site, but will only hurt for 2-4 days or so.  The RF surgery itself, where the nerves are actually "zapped" takes 6-8 weeks before you feel relief.  You want to make sure that the doctor treating you with meds understands you will still need them for that length of time.  If all goes well then you may not need pain meds after the recovery is over, or little compared to previously, your pain should be decreased after recovery is over.  Make sure you have atleast 2-ice packs available for after the blocks and surgery, trust me they will be your best friends.  Good luck to you I hope this helps.
Take care,

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   Posted 9/6/2007 8:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I am having my second round of R/F's this next Monday. I have facet problems at L5_S1. This worked for me very well 2 yrs ago. I am given light sedation for the procedure. I did fine until my dr hit one spot and I ended up in tears which is not like me at all. But he reproduced some pain from hell that I was not prepared for. Susie

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