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Old 08-06-2008, 11:08 PM   #1
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Peterpaul66 HB User
Unhappy Post Rhizotomy pain!

I had a Rhizotomy procedure done 3 weeks ago, on my neck as well as lower back. Whithin the first week I used the prescribed pain killers for post procedure discomfort. However from about the second week I started experiencing the worst pain ever in my lower back area. At first I thought it was only at the point where the Rhizotomy took place, but it soon appear to be all around my groin area as well.(It felt like someone kicked me between the legs, only the pain stayed there, and is still extreme even today)
I went back to the neurologist who did the procedure, he did some pin ***** tests and tested the movement of my legs. He then said it was not my back, but surely a urological problem.He send me to a urologist, who did blood tests and send me for a sonar scan. All of these tests prove negative.I then went to my GP who suggested it could be post Rhizotomy inflamation of the nerves in the area of the procedure. However after two courses of "Dicloflam" tablets
there is still no improvement. Problem is I have to take an almost two hour journey by car to my office in Jhb and then spend the day seated infront of my computer as I am a graphic artist doing computer animation graphics. I experience severe "backache/groinpain especially while in seated position.

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Old 08-06-2008, 11:47 PM   #2
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Re: Post Rhizotomy pain!

Hi! I am sorry the recovery from the rhizotomy is so painful! I have had 5 lumbar rhizotomies over the last years, and each recovery has been slightly different. I will say that it has taken about a month for complete recovery for me each time. The area takes a while to heal. It has been worth it though-as they last for 8 months for me and give me a lot of pain relief. If the groin pain does not go away though, I would persist with your doctor for tests to see what is going on. I will be sending good thoughts your way. Take care, Kera4

Old 08-11-2008, 10:21 PM   #3
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Peterpaul66 HB User
Re: Post Rhizotomy pain!

Thanks for your input Kera4,
Iíve been to two more specialists since. The one an orthopaedic surgeon went through the motions, revisited the x-rays and point out that there was a spot on the lower vertebrae that looked suspicious, but was not reachable with the Rhizotomy procedure and could still cause the occasional pain. He send me to another neuro specialist who had pins with electronic wires attached to it, stuck into my body and legs at various places and could see whether or not any nerves were pinching. There was none. So all the conclusions we came to was that there was nothing that they could see.
So why am I still in pain? I'll just have to learn to live with it I guess?!
Just strange that I had no pain in that area in the weeks before the Rhizotomy procedures.............

Old 03-04-2010, 05:05 AM   #4
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firethigh HB User
Re: Post Rhizotomy pain!

It's obviously the rhizotomy....scan the net....alot of people have terrible pain after these and in fact this sounds like arachnoiditis caused by surgical intervention

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