A while back I posted a thread asking about Radiofreuency Neurolysis. I am scheduled for it tomorrow afternoon for T8,T9, T10, T11. I have has 3 Facet block injections without sedation and they hurt so much that I screamed and cried. This procedure I have been given Xanax for before hand and they said the would give me more sedatives when I get there, and I feel hopeful about the procedure for longer lasting relief, but what I want to know, what I really need to know is how PAINFUL it's going to be. I an having tons of anxiety plus, I have PMS so it's making it a lot worse. Can anyone tell me their experience with this procedure, please, please, please, please. I am sooooooooooooo scared.
Thanks so much,
I am scheduled for RF on Sept 19th and actually just talked to my dr about it! I asked if I could take a valium or 2 before I was to go and I was told that I will have IV sedation and that a valium wouldn't be needed! I hope they are right because the facet blocks I had were pretty painful.
Good luck and please let me know how it was because I make my so upset the week before these procedures from worrying
I am also scheduled for an IDET Oct 3rd. so I'm trying to find out peoples experiences with that as well hopefully that can put me at ease a bit.
While I haven't had the RF treatment (yet) I did have a discogram on Tuesday and was given the IV sedative for the procedure.
My experience was the most painless you can imagine. I remember nothing from the moment the first injection was administered until I woke again more than an hour later!!! I felt like I'd just had a really nice sleep and was fully refreshed within a minute or two.
I must admit the amnesia is a bit off-putting, but who would want to remember it anyway!!
I promise you, I was just as freaked-out as you are before, but I was completely OK during and after.
I assume they will use a very similar sedative for you too, so it should be a breeze!
Good luck, and try not to worry too much. You'll probably wonder what you were so worried about once it's all over!
Good luck and let us know how it goes.
Last edited by chocolate chip; 08-11-2005 at 12:54 PM.
BK My dr wanted to do Rf on my thoracic spine but I never did get it done I have spurs,arthritis, black disc, and bulging disc of the T5-6 and cord comp of the T 7-8, I sent my film and reports to a top NS and he said he didnt think it woud help and didn't recommend it so I just dropped it.
I know it's scary having any treatment done of the spine much less the thoracic spine.
Try to remain calm and keep us posted as to how it goes and know I'll keep you in my thoughts.
I wish I was able to give you some kind of answer as to what it is like but I've been to big of a chickhen to have anything done to my thoracic spine.
I wish you the very best of luck.
Thanks everyone for the replies, although I am still terrified and wish I new what to expect. I took 2mgs of Xanax last night to ease the anxiety for today and my mind feels like jello pudding. I am going to ask for Versed through an iv line (the amnesia drug), whether they will give it to me or not???? The one thing I keep telling myself is I have lived with excruciating pain for 6 months now with very short term relief from narcotic prescriptions which just mees up my head, and the Facet blocks which only lasted 5 days, so if this procedure can last a year more or less, then I will tough it through. Thinking back at my past I have dealt with a lot worse and this will be dealt with too. I will absolutely let evryone know all about it when I get home tonight(if I can) or over the weekend.
I was a trooper during th procedure. The xanax they gave me relaxed me and they gaveme fentanyl for pain and it wasn't nearly as bad at the facet blocks and I got 6 injections, T7,8,9,10, 11 and 12. I asked for the Versed(the amnesia medicine) but they said they couldn't give it to me because I neededto be cognizant enough to answer questions regarding where I was feeling the pulses and vibrations. It took about an hour and my back is a little sore from the injection sites, and I did end up getting sick from the meds when I got home. I am very sensitive to mdication. I am small, 85 lbs, 5 feet tall, but all of that worrying was really for nothing. I don't know if I am allowed to say the doctor's name or location on these boards, but I have the best doctor with the most caring staff that I am going to try anyway. If I am wrong to do this, I am sure the Moderator will let me know. The office is Advanced Pain Management Specialists in Fort Myers, Florida and Dr. Frey is a meticulous and extremely talented and caring doctor. (sorry if I am not allowed to say this, but I am only trying to help)
I had a good night, stayed up until about 1:30 am. I took Ultracet for the injection pain and it wires me out. I woke up this morning and my back was sore, but not from the facet pain, which I assumed would be gone from the RF. My husband and I went to a flea market for a couple of hours and the facet pain came back. Between 1-10 on the pain scale it was an 8 or 9. I am confused, if the RF worked wouldn't the pain be gone. I have been taking Ultracet all day so I feel better but the reasons for all of the facet block injections and the RF was so I wouldn't have to take the pain medicice. Does anyone know if this is normal? I also got steroids so I know I should feel better in a day or so, but the steroids only last a few days for me. I sent my doc an email and plan to call forst thing Monday morning, because I am so confused and I feel like what did I just go through? Was it nothing? It's amazing how our back pain completely changes our personalities isn't it? I will keep everyone posted. Thanks again for the support.