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Old 02-15-2007, 03:50 PM   #1
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Red face Cervical nerve blocks for diagnosis and RFTC (Burn nerve endings)

2 weeks ago I had a C1-5 Facet block and 3 consecutuve days of MUA's (manipulations under anesthesia by Chiropractors). Have been doing PT 3x a week for the last 2 weeks. Kept a pain diary and followed up with my pain doc on Tuesday and he decided to do a B C5/6 Nerve root block - which was done today. From what I understand he is injecting dye and taking pictures to better diagnose my situation. I'm also required to document my symptoms everyday.

Next week on Thur (Feb22) I will undergo a Root block C1-5, and the following day I will be getting a Median Branch block and an RFTC (Burn nerve endings). I would like to know if any of you out there have had RFTC and what outocome you've had from it. Also, what the heck dies RFTC stand for? All they told me was we'lll be burning the nerve endings and that should lessen or rid you of pain for 6-9 months - or however quickly the nerves regenerate.

I have annular tear in C5/6 and was having horrible migraines and neck pain. Any information you could share with me would be much appreciated. I'm a newbie so try not to use acronyms that will go right over my head. Thanks.[/SIZE][/FONT]

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Old 02-15-2007, 05:03 PM   #2
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Re: Cervical nerve blocks for diagnosis and RFTC (Burn nerve endings)

I haven't had any but the word for this is Rhizotomy. There are multiple kinds. you should specifically ask. A new technique using pulsed radiofrequency does not actually burn the nerve, but appears to stun the nerve. This technique appears to be even safer than the regular radiofrequency technique, but does seem to have the drawback of not lasting quite as long. Some specialists prefer to use the pulsed technique in higher risk areas such as the neck (that is in the C's)

Do post as you go along because it is something that not many people have posted on. I may do this procedure in the future as well. It is pretty common, and some say it does last.

 
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Old 02-15-2007, 05:51 PM   #3
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Re: Cervical nerve blocks for diagnosis and RFTC (Burn nerve endings)

I had the radio-frequency rhizotomy last April. It was mostly for my facet joint arthritis. (joint degeneration). I also had disk degeneration. It DID help me, but not enough. I think that is because I didnt only have the arthritis, but that disk stuff as well. I got better, but the disk stuff still hurt alot, so finally I gave in and had ACDF C5-C7 on Jan. 10th. They got rid of some spurs (part of the arthritis issue) and of course did the fusion, so that took care of the degenerated disks at those 2 levels. The actual procedure didnt hurt at all, but it took me 5 weeks to feel good after having it. My Dr. said it usually took people 4 weeks. It made things feel aggravated for those 5 weeks. After all they are working with nerves there, so they get pretty testy. Feel free to ask away if you want to know more. Oh yea, I forgot to mention, that before the radio-frequency, i was so bad off that I was crying every day and was a basket care. The RF helped me to the point of not having to cry everyday afterwards, which was a [B]big /B] deal for me. Too bad I had the disk issues, too. It wont help disk issues, as far as I know.

 
Old 02-26-2007, 08:37 PM   #4
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Re: Cervical nerve blocks for diagnosis and RFTC (Burn nerve endings)

Becky 2 questions

Do you think the MUA's have helped?
Saw the proceedure on TV other night ...am I right the whole concept is to prevent the body from guarding so chiro can manipulate better?

 
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