[QUOTE=redsilk;4226936]I understand how this is supposed to work. What I was looking for is what to expect after it's done. I've gotten different stories. A few have told me that it very painful to have done. OK I'm sure that I can probably stand it but then they say that for 10 days to 2 weeks after that you had better have good pain meds because you'll be needing them. The place where you get this done is going to be really sore. I can't take narcotics. They and I don't get a long very well. The strongest that I take is Ultram which works OK for me along with ice and Lidoderm patches. I've been told that I have a high tolerance for pain. I guess my hubby is right, I worry to much but it easier for me to go into this knowing what to expect then going in being scared.[/QUOTE]
Well my upper back RFAs have been incredibly beneficial. My lower back is where my pain current resides for the most part. I can't say definitively that it s because the RFA's were unsuccessful though. Especially since I am now bicycling as my primary mode of transportation. Something that I haven't done since 2005. So I am using muscles I am not used to using and most every (but not all) thigh muscles have their origin in the lower back and insert somewhere along the femur, patella, or the top of the tibia or ulna.
So I am putting a lot of exertion on my lower back, but really don't have any other viable options currently. I can't afford to move closer to a mass transit route and my current cocktail of medications makes driving dangerous to not just myself but everyone else on the roadways.
So on the basis of all that information I would say that if your Basal Branch Nerve Blocks were beneficial then your RFA's will be a godsend as long as you are 100% compliant with the doctor's post procedure directives!