It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....



Arachnoiditis Message Board
Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 08-07-2008, 12:08 AM   #1
Newbie
(male)
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Pretoria South Africa
Posts: 2
Peterpaul66 HB User
Unhappy Post Rhizotomy pain!

I had a Rhizotomy procedure done 3 weeks ago, on my neck as well as lower back. Whithin the first week I used the prescribed pain killers for post procedure discomfort. However from about the second week I started experiencing the worst pain ever in my lower back area. At first I thought it was only at the point where the Rhizotomy took place, but it soon appear to be all around my groin area as well.(It felt like someone kicked me between the legs, only the pain stayed there, and is still extreme even today)
I went back to the neurologist who did the procedure, he did some pin ***** tests and tested the movement of my legs. He then said it was not my back, but surely a urological problem.He send me to a urologist, who did blood tests and send me for a sonar scan. All of these tests prove negative.I then went to my GP who suggested it could be post Rhizotomy inflamation of the nerves in the area of the procedure. However after two courses of "Dicloflam" tablets
there is still no improvement. Problem is I have to take an almost two hour journey by car to my office in Jhb and then spend the day seated infront of my computer as I am a graphic artist doing computer animation graphics. I experience severe "backache/groinpain especially while in seated position.

 
Sponsors Lightbulb
   
Old 08-07-2008, 12:47 AM   #2
Veteran
(female)
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: United States
Posts: 372
kera4 HB User
Re: Post Rhizotomy pain!

Hi! I am sorry the recovery from the rhizotomy is so painful! I have had 5 lumbar rhizotomies over the last years, and each recovery has been slightly different. I will say that it has taken about a month for complete recovery for me each time. The area takes a while to heal. It has been worth it though-as they last for 8 months for me and give me a lot of pain relief. If the groin pain does not go away though, I would persist with your doctor for tests to see what is going on. I will be sending good thoughts your way. Take care, Kera4

 
Sponsors Lightbulb
   
Old 08-11-2008, 11:21 PM   #3
Newbie
(male)
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Pretoria South Africa
Posts: 2
Peterpaul66 HB User
Re: Post Rhizotomy pain!

Thanks for your input Kera4,
Iíve been to two more specialists since. The one an orthopaedic surgeon went through the motions, revisited the x-rays and point out that there was a spot on the lower vertebrae that looked suspicious, but was not reachable with the Rhizotomy procedure and could still cause the occasional pain. He send me to another neuro specialist who had pins with electronic wires attached to it, stuck into my body and legs at various places and could see whether or not any nerves were pinching. There was none. So all the conclusions we came to was that there was nothing that they could see.
So why am I still in pain? I'll just have to learn to live with it I guess?!
Just strange that I had no pain in that area in the weeks before the Rhizotomy procedures.............

 
Old 03-04-2010, 06:05 AM   #4
Newbie
(male)
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 4
firethigh HB User
Re: Post Rhizotomy pain!

It's obviously the rhizotomy....scan the net....alot of people have terrible pain after these and in fact this sounds like arachnoiditis caused by surgical intervention

 
Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
My nerves are kicking in.. Rhizotomy tomorrow lfoster21 Back Problems 6 04-03-2011 05:22 PM
Increased pain from rhizotomy 8 weeks ago, cervical pearlmv Chronic Pain 1 12-26-2009 08:48 PM
RF Rhizotomy aka ablation SKZ Back Problems 2 09-03-2008 07:15 PM
Radiofrequency Rhizotomy SKZ Back Problems 4 08-16-2008 12:53 PM
Facet Joint Injections AFTER failed Rhizotomy? EricG301 Back Problems 3 02-29-2008 10:54 AM




Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Sign Up Today!

Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

I want my free account

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 06:48 PM.



Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
Terms of Use © 1998-2014 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!