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.