Thoracic Radiofrequency Ablation

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   Posted 3/12/2010 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
shocked  HOLLY MOLLY ! I had that procedure done yesterday, they inject your spine with needles and burn couple facet/spinal nurves. OMG it hurt soooo bad. They gave me sedation during procedure but i guess i have pretty high tolerance to that crap now. After the procedure i had to sit for a min and ima tell you i thought i was gon pass out, the pain was so bad i could barely move, i was not able to move my arms, turn, bend. I was just sitting there like a zombie trying not to make a move. So they put Lidoderm patch on my back and gave me celebrex right away. I was able to move a little more after 10 min haha. Then doc gave me oxycontin, that thing works. But man, i hurt so bad... I take ambien to sleep, i was wide awake at 4 am this morning, hurting. I missed my GI appt... I also have to move to new apartments today and for the next 2 days lol. I did not know i would be in that much of discomfort... WOW i feel like i had been stomped/hit hard on my back 1000 times....
Did anybody have that done and had the same rediculous pain? 
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   Posted 3/13/2010 8:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there- I have never had this, but I feel for you as tho I had. I hate that you had so much pain. I pray that the painful procedure will bring you relief soonest :) keep us posted about your progress.
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   Posted 3/14/2010 9:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Never had it, but heard about it (I think).   It hurts a whole lot at first, then the pain abates and you feel better.  Do you have any relief yet?

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   Posted 3/15/2010 6:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a friend who just went through that for her back and it sounds horrible. I hope it takes away your pain! Good luck!

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   Posted 3/15/2010 7:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi. I've never had it done but I do believe that some of the good folks on the chronic pain board on Healing Well have. They might be a good source of info for you. I really hope you are feeling better very soon. Lisa
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   Posted 3/15/2010 8:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Good luck on your move.  Hope the pain is gone by now.  At the risk of sounding kinda dumb, what exactly is that procedure for?
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   Posted 3/15/2010 10:18 PM (GMT -7)   
KS_NY, I'm sorry that you had such a painful procedure that caused you more pain, the last thing we need. I hope it works for you soon.

GSD, it's a procedure that they take use heat and radio waves to destroy tissue usually nerves to ease pain. It causes pain in a lot of people, but it is basically nerve death from what I read on My mother's been a nurse for 25 yrs and I was a CNA 10 yrs ago, I had heard of it but didn't know what it was LOL

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   Posted 4/25/2010 1:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Well im back ! I dont think i got much relief from it. I was in a car accident recently which messed me up a little. So my back hurts more than ever right now...
"Life is 10% of what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it."
"If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place."

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