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Radiofrequency Neurotomy

Radiofrequency Neurotomy

I am on the waitlist for cervical spine Radiofrequency Neurotomy. I had a C4-C5 cervical spine surgery with iliac bone fusion in Sept 2019. It did not resolve the pain, it worsened the pain and further decreased range of motion. I also had a fusion at L4-L5 in 2002, and lumbo-sacral tarlov cysts removed in 2021 (since grew back). I have advanced OA (cervical spine greatly affected), tarlov cysts, and Myofascial Syndrome. For those that had the procedure done, what was your experience and… read more

A MyChronicPainTeam Member said:

Yes. It is the same procedure. I have tried everything including surgery (which made pain worse), plus I am medication resistant (ultrarapid metabolizer - meds leave body before any effect). I've had the pain over 40 years and already live within my limits. This was offered so ill try it and hopefully the pain will be decreased so I can return to work. I have been on sick leave since Sept 2019 following cervical spine surgery. My work LTD benefit ends next month. I may be forced to retire this year. Recent diagnosis from the pain clinic: OA, Cervical Spine Idiopathic Peripheral Neuritis, Cervical Dystonia, Tendonitis, Sciatica.

edited, originally posted 4 months ago
A MyChronicPainTeam Member said:

Good Lord! Good luck to you! I have had 6 lumbar spinal fusions and now it's bugging my cervical spine. I won't have any more surgeries! I take ibuprofen and tyelenol & live with it. Walk every day with my Golden Retriever and shoveled the front deck yesterday. Try to keep positive & blessings to you!!🥰

posted 5 months ago
A MyChronicPainTeam Member said:

The procedure was performed last Monday, it is now Friday. There is no difference in pain - actually worse. The pain is currently at an 8 (greater than usual 6-7). I also read it can take a couple days to few weeks to feel the effects. It is not a permanent resolve as over time the nerves will regenerate, and the pain will return, possibly worse. I cannot look straight ahead, tilt head back, or rotate head side to side. I also have a sore, red, itchy rash in the area where the needles were inserted. I have to lay down often to help alleviate the intensity. I am medication resistant so there is no pain management.

posted about 1 month ago
A MyChronicPainTeam Member said:

Keep up your hope. My fingers are crossed for you!

posted 4 months ago
A MyChronicPainTeam Member said:

I haven't tried Botox yet but since my recent dx of Cervical Dystonia I now quality for it. It is an out-of-pocket expense not covered by OHIP (Ontario provincial health insurance plan) or work health benefits. Same with Ketamine - not covered. I am trying Radiofrequency Neurotomy first as it is covered under OHIP. I am not getting my hopes up as previous nerve block and trigger point injections were not effective, but I will try anyway.

posted 4 months ago
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