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. 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!