Re: Anyone had radiofrequency ablation for L5 & SI joint problems?
I have had this done twice, both times were from S1-L5/S1. This procedure basically gave me my life back. It has been >1 year since my last procedure and I am hoping that I do not have to have it redone again. So far, so good. However, a couple of things to consider: 1) After the procedure, but not immediately after, the muscles at the sites of the needle insertions can spasm. This happened to me and I could not figure out how I could be doing worse, after things had improved. I am still taking 5 mg of Valium every morning as a muscle relaxant. 2) I also see a really good physical therapist. Not only to help w/the muscle spasms, but because when there is any type of SI joint dysfunction, the corresponding muscle groups get pulled in and this results in an entrenched pain syndrome. So, even if you get the nerve ablation done, you still may need some sort of treatment, 3) During the procedure, they automatically gave me sedation. It would have been difficult to do it w/o this. I have heard many folks on the board here report that they were not given this. Just some things to consider, based on my personal experience with this form of treatment. Hope this is helpful & best of luck to you
Last edited by CaliGirl; 05-19-2010 at 04:58 PM.