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Old 03-14-2009, 02:36 PM   #1
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please! has anyone had radiofrequency done on their backs for pain?

I am going to see a specialist that does radiofrequency on the nerves in the back. I think its done with you knocked out. I would appreciate some input into this if at anyone has ever had it done. Thanks, boomer

 
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Old 03-14-2009, 02:59 PM   #2
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Re: please! has anyone had radiofrequency done on their backs for pain?

I had it done. The procedure did not hurt. First they put me out and inserted the needle. Then they woke me up. I had to tell them each time I felt something. When I felt something they would hit the nerve. No pain during and mild discomfort after. Nothing bad. I was a nervous wreck going in and it was nothing to worry about. That was my experience.

It was the last thing done after I had the three epidurals and three facet joint shots. Those were once a week for six weeks.

Radiofrequency did help the electric shocks that were going down my leg. Only helped me for a short time. But, everyone is different.

Good luck with the procedure.

 
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Old 03-16-2009, 04:37 PM   #3
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Re: please! has anyone had radiofrequency done on their backs for pain?

had the RF treatment in the summer with no problems and it did help me. I was awake for the procedure - they probably partially numbed part of the area but just placing the initial needles was the hard part (about same pain as the other injections). When they actually turned on the treatment part - each area was a 90 second burst that feels like a tapping where the needle is. There was some pain during each 90 second session (think there were 4 different spots she treated that day) but it wasn't too bad.

I was sore for the remainder of the day but 30 minutes after the treatment I was able to drive home (although a slow walk through the parking lot) with no big problems.

They did the treatment to both sides on two different days and the experience was about the same for each treatment and from start to finish, I'd say it took less than 30 minutes to actually do the procedure from when the Doc actually started and a few minutes before the procedure for her assistant to get things ready.

I got about a good 6-7 months of not pain free but certainly pain reduced and think it was well worth it. I am just now starting to get some of the pain levels going back up and getting the numbess and pain into my legs and feet as well and think it may be getting time to go get zapped again (or maybe zapped in a different area perhaps).

Worst case - if it doesn't help you the nerves will grow back and you just had to put up with the procedure once (or twice if on different days).

Good luck and I'd say there isn't much to worry about but there is some pain during and after the procedure but it probably isn't going to actually be as bad as you think it is going to be. I didn't really like the treatment but was much more relaxed when I went back for the second treatment knowing what to expect.

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Re: please! has anyone had radiofrequency done on their backs for pain?

My place put you out with all the shots. So, could not drive home myself. They actually have a car service that picks you up and brings you home. So, don't need anyone to drive me. I had Epidurals done years ago where I was completely awake. Being put out is much better.

 
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I had my Lumbar and my SI areas done. MUCH improvement .

 
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WOW! People have gone to places where the knock you out before the RFD? OR RFA? That's AMAZING! Maybe we're just s'posed to suffer in VT--LOL-but the Doc said he needed ME alert, awake, and able to tell him EVERYTHING I experienced At one point I got so annoyed from HIS incessant chattering that I started asking one of the nurses about HER family!!! LOL. While it WAS kinda boring, I wouldn't classify a few littie crampy sensations as pain!!! I was GLAD to get it over with each time!!!
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Re: please! has anyone had radiofrequency done on their backs for pain?

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WOW! People have gone to places where the knock you out before the RFD? OR RFA? That's AMAZING! Maybe we're just s'posed to suffer in VT--LOL-but the Doc said he needed ME alert, awake, and able to tell him EVERYTHING I experienced At one point I got so annoyed from HIS incessant chattering that I started asking one of the nurses about HER family!!! LOL. While it WAS kinda boring, I wouldn't classify a few littie crampy sensations as pain!!! I was GLAD to get it over with each time!!!
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I'll tell you, it is great. I had the epidurals and nerve block done in the mid 90's and they did not knock me out at all. It was at the hospital.

Last year when I went to pain management, they send a car to pick you up and drive you home. They knock you out for everything. Just enough to put you out and you wake right up when it is over. Then you sit and have donuts and juice or water. Best part was they took whatever the insurance paid because they were out of network.

With the radiofrequency, they put me out to put the needles in and then they woke me up to ask me the questions about the pain etc. It was so much nicer.

They don't like us suffering in New Jersey. LOL

No reason anyone has to be in pain these days.

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Re: please! has anyone had radiofrequency done on their backs for pain?

no reason anyone has to be in pain these days? lol yeh anyone excepting me!

i wonder if i can convince my pain doctor to let me try it? i had 4 epidural nerve sleeve injections (steroid) and none worked, would i have any chance of this working then? i know it's a different procedure but it sounds much the same, they give you local/general anaesthetic and stick a needle in your back, right? i'll try anything

 
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no reason anyone has to be in pain these days? lol yeh anyone excepting me!

i wonder if i can convince my pain doctor to let me try it? i had 4 epidural nerve sleeve injections (steroid) and none worked, would i have any chance of this working then? i know it's a different procedure but it sounds much the same, they give you localI/general anaesthetic and stick a needle in your back, right? i'll try anything
Before I got to the Radiofrequency, I had 6 epidural shots, and facet joint injections. So don't know if they would jump right to Radiofrequency. It did not do much for me. The majority of my pain is muscle pain. The RF only helps the nerve pain I believe. It did help the electric shocks in my leg for a short time.

 
Old 07-02-2009, 06:35 AM   #10
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Re: please! has anyone had radiofrequency done on their backs for pain?

How and where can I find a Dr. that does RFA in CT? This is for my neck. Is it just that nobody wants to touch the neck area? Hmmmmmmm I have trigger thumb, tennis elbow and a disctomy and fusion in C7-T1 and all I hear about is the "A" word. First facet injection lasted three months, I'd give 12 months over that anyday. That's what someone told me it would take for your nerves to grow back. Anyone in CT help me out finding a Dr.?

 
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Re: please! has anyone had radiofrequency done on their backs for pain?

From my understanding of the Radiofrequency or nerve ablation is that if you have had some relief from the cortisone injections, this is the next step that lasts longer. I had it offered to me but as I only had minimal success from the injections I am not going to put myself through that. Also they cost $2,500 here unless I was to go through the public system and that means a fairly long wait.
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Re: please! has anyone had radiofrequency done on their backs for pain?

I had it done in May, with a very different experience than all of you. I was awake during the procedure because I was told I needed to let them know what I felt and where, and it was absolutely brutal. Afterwards I questioned wanting to have it done in the first place because my pain was through the roof. And I have not noticed any relief of pain at ALL. Not even one little bit.

 
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