I have myofascial pain, Cervical Spondylosis, Cervicogenic Headaches, chronic neck pain, degenerative cervical intervtebral disc. After the doctor did the last procedure I've been in so much pain, I've read that you are soppose to be awake I was put to sleep this time. Mind you I had the right side done and was awake. Now my arm goes numb when I stand. I'm not one to complain to others… read more
Oh I would be using cbd/thc salve and see
Stop doing nerve burns! The nerve grows back with scar tissue and only makes it 10 times worse!
Marijuana can be great for relaxing your muscles which in turn helps the pain
Susan I feel your pain. Roughly annually 4 quadrant RFA's (radio frequency ablations for others not familiar with the procedure) are part of my AS management. (bi-lateral cervical & lumbar). They can be quite painful with AS for a week or so post procedure sometimes worse than original pain but they do help me very significantly. Most people start to feel the most benefit in 2 to 4 weeks but I think optimum benefit begins around 6-7 weeks. My body is very sensitive I often see improvement just 8-10 hours post procedure.
Generally speaking it is preferred to be put under for the procedure as pain is less but healing can take longer. I personally have all mine done awake and AMA find no issues driving to & from procedures or resuming normal household activities immediately albeit stiffer, slower and more careful. Ablations can last as little as 2 to 3 months but average is 6 to 9 months and each time they are re-burned it typically takes a little longer for the nerves to regrow again. I've also had cortizone like injections. They haven't done much for me but do help a little. RFA's are similar in materials used and there are limitations to how much the body can have so within a year time span you usually have to choose one or the other.
While I don't consider myself in a "well managed" state yet I find that muscle groups tend to lock down and cause issues such as thoracic outlet syndrome. In addition to the RFAs, a good NSAID and biologic I find that Accupuncture and Dry needling are good supports to help maintain function and reduce pain. If you have bad pain now start with the accupuncture and prescribed meds then graduate from there.
Hope this helps.