Radiofrequency Neurotomy anyone?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia and ME & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome' started by positiveone, Mar 9, 2013.

  1. positiveone

    positiveone New Member

    I am having horrible back and neck pain since I was rear ended a year ago.

    I had been in pain a long time before this but it is much worse after the accident. I have found through this accident and the MRI's that I have arthritis in my hips, neck and lower spine and it is severe.

    I have been told this pain was Fibro for more than 10 years. I am sure some of it is by my symptoms but had no idea I had other things going on.

    I am seeing a Pain and Spine Specialist because of the accident and he suggests trying a Radiofrequency Neurotomy.

    I am going to have a Lumbar Radiofrequency Neurotomy soon. They burn the nerves coming from the facet joints in your spine and it is supposed to take away the pain for a period of time by interupting the pain signals.

    I had the diagnostic nerve blocks and they work for me.

    It is not invasive, helps with pain but does not last forever.

    I finished the tests yesterday and I have my Dr. Appointment Monday to set this last step up. I am really hoping it works and will keep you posted.

    They can do similar to the neck area and am going to try that if this works.

    Does anyone else have experience with this and did it work?

    Thanks in advance.

    Take Care. Carol
  2. ellikers

    ellikers New Member

    I hadn't heard about it before, but looked up some info on it.

    I'd familiarize yourself with the risks to make sure you are comfortable with them (for example permanent nerve pain is one). Anytime nerves are involved, especially deep nerves near the spine, there are serious risks.

    Sounds like you do have familiarity with nerve blocks, so hopefully it works for you! I hope it does.
  3. jaminhealth

    jaminhealth Well-Known Member

    during the 2011 timeframe...I had a hip replacement in Oct 2010 and left with a lot of complications: spinal stenosis, IT and damage down side of thigh at replacement site and just a lot of nasty pain.

    I even had 2 scripts for epidurals, but couldn't do them....

    So it was early 2012 when I found an alternative rheumy and went thru a series of Mesotherapy Injections (homeopathic) and then 16 acupuncture sessions and these
    helped a LOT....still had burning in tailbone thou.

    Then in January 2013, I found an anti inflammatory supplemment, Anatabloc, which I've posted here and getting a LOT of relief from what I know is chronic inflammation in
    my body from all the OA issues, Fibro and hip surgery
    complications....The spinal stenosis "burning" is about gone, and IT band damage burning is reducing too.

    These other things like epidurals and radio...... are a far
    distance in my mind now....I'm doing so much better, not
    perfect, but improved....I'd be concerned about the burning of nerves....just wouldn't do it, that's me. This is my story
    of the last 2 yrs. jam

    Also, I know Prolotherapy can help joint rehabilitation...if you can check out and see about the work...think about a consult if you can find a prolotherapist in your area.

    I would do all I've done before I'd ever do the nerve burning....[This Message was Edited on 03/18/2013]
  4. tjblueeyes

    tjblueeyes New Member

    I had this done. It might have helped in the beginning for a little while, but not for long. Good luck to you!