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Old 08-16-2004, 11:32 AM   #1
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Question Lumbar Facet/Medial Nerve Blocks/rad-freq denerveation

Hello - has any one had experience with lumbar facet injections and/or medial nerve blocks which of course are leading up to radio frequency denervation? I am about to start this on Thursday. As you can see from my signature ('98 micro discetomy/lamectomy, 11-02 L4/L5 fusion, 1-03 chronic pain,nerve damage,FBSS, 7 epi shots) this follows a history of surgeries and treatments. I am in constant pain and there seems to be no other option. Would love to hear about any experiences good or bad. Thanks in advance.
'98 micro discetomy/lamectomy, 11-02 L4/L5 fusion, 1-03 chronic pain,nerve damage,FBSS, 7 epi shots

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Old 08-26-2004, 04:54 PM   #2
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Re: Lumbar Facet/Medial Nerve Blocks/rad-freq denerveation

I would be so happy to hear how your procedures went...Considering the same here!
bulged disk L5 S1 microdisectomy May 2004

Old 08-28-2004, 06:09 AM   #3
Amy R.
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Re: Lumbar Facet/Medial Nerve Blocks/rad-freq denerveation

I've had all. The facet injections and nerve blocks hurt no more than the epis. I had the rf done b/c I had some relief w/ the facet inj's. However, the rf didn't work for me. Well, it did rid of an 'electric' zapping I had down to the very tip of my tailbone, and the tailbone itself hurts less. I guess I was hoping for more. The rf will feel like a TENS unit inside of you - that's all. I was sent home in a wheelchair and helped into my house just b/c he used novocaine - it runs down into your legs and numbs them. The recovery wasn't bad, but I did get a horrible burning just below my skin - like I had a SERIOUS sun or rug burn. For that, they gave me Neurontin. Sorry I don't have more of a success story. (My rf was L5 - all the way down, including the nerves that come in/out of those facets AND the si joint.)

Old 08-28-2004, 10:23 AM   #4
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Re: Lumbar Facet/Medial Nerve Blocks/rad-freq denerveation

Hi~I had a discectomy at L5/S1 in 1999. Since then I've had numerous nerve root injections which definitely help with my pain. I've been in PM for 2 1/2 yrs and my PM Dr jokes that I'm a no-brainer. When I need an injection, he knows where to shoot it.
I had the nerve heated, not burned once, no problem. For me, as long as I relax, I'm fine. I'm also on Kadian, Topamax and elavil for the nerve pain. ~Barbara~

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