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    anyone have RFA - Radiofrequency ablation thoughts opinions etc..

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radiofrequency_ablation

    I have increasingly worsening pain in my lower back and buttocks, to the point where I really don't want to get out of bed, sitting just kills me, really starting to push me to the edge.


    Had an Xray and MRI of the lower back.

    Apparently I get to have a test run where they do 6 injections to my lower back with steroid/or/and/lidocaine, if this is shown to relieve any pain they'll continue with the RFA !

    Injections to either side of L3/4, L4/5, and L5/S1

    "Radiofrequency ablation catheter to Facet joints"

    also have moderate arthritis !

    Wondering if a tilt table would help?






    https://paindoctor.com/treatments/ra...ency-ablation/

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    I had this done in an effort to reduce my 24/7 pain. It worked only on a small band of hypersensitive skin just above the break line. No relief otherwise.

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    Do you remember which vertebrae they did it to.
    and what's your injury level?
    Any side effects ??

    I'm scheduled to go have the steroid injections next week, if that is shown to effective then they apparently try the RFA.
    At this point I'm willing to try anything.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeRobison View Post
    I had this done in an effort to reduce my 24/7 pain. It worked only on a small band of hypersensitive skin just above the break line. No relief otherwise.

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    I had it done for facet joints in the thoracic spine, but as nerves recovered it became more painful. Injections gave me better relief.

    They stimulate the nerve and if pain same in the area they then blast it with RF and burn the nerve.

    My nervous system is weird below my injury. Spinal stimulation only caused a burning sensation at 9V.

    Burning afferent nerves in me may not be a good thing.

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    Had the 6 steroid injections last week, had the follow up today.
    Turns out you have to report a 50% improvement in the pain to go ahead with the RFA treatment... (insurance requirement was mentioned)

    After a week.. my back is a little better no real magic
    Doctor signed me up for another 6 steroid shots in 6 weeks, and if enough of an improvement.. move on to the RFA!

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    So it seem after two weeks my back was much improved.. and I was starting to get much happier.
    You don't realize how much something it dragging you down until a little of the weight is removed as it were.
    but after another 2 weeks maybe 3 the pain is returning!!!
    So is that usual the Steroid injections only lasting for 3 weeks ??
    I'm going in for some more in a couple of weeks... I have to admit, now that I know I maybe getting some relief I'm really looking forward to them.

    Begs the question though... if I have Arthritis in my lower back joints.. L3/4, L4/5, and L5/S1 etc.. what over the counter medication or treatments could I try.
    Anyone else have this experience ?

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    For me the initial steroid injections seemed to take 2 weeks to kick in and then last for around 2 weeks and then they wore off.
    As they wore off it really hit me how much the steroid injection had helped, even made the pain in my butt reduce and made me wonder about my hemorrhoid pain.
    The lower back pain just seemed to magnify the pain of everything else, as that was reduced all my other pain reduced.

    Went in for my second session of Steroid shots and they seem to have kicked in much quicker. Even managed to go swimming, so now I ache from that more than anything which is kind of novel. On track to try the RFA...

    If anyone else has anything else to report, would gladly receive it.

    Also anyone have ideas on how to treat arthritis in my lower back joint ... L3/4, L4/5, and L5/S1..

    Thanks.


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