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My doctor has been testing my nerve respons via putting me in a light sleep then poking my nerves with lidocaine type injections. Then I post how long they lasted i.e. 1 hour to 2 days. Now he wants to do several ablations both lower back and cervical (different sessions). Has anyone had success with this?

posted March 20, 2021
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I want to at least try ablation therapy. My friend said it helped her low back and hip pain. She said it lasts about 6 months. I have had lidocaine spinal injections that were extremely painful and a waste of time, in my case. I am concerned about the pain of treatment and it's effectiveness. I tried everything else so , why not. Next week after two years of having a pain pump removed after repeated failure to improve my pain, I decided to call it quits. Every three months I was told the morphine dose was increased. I would feel improvement soon
After going through this process every three months for two years with no improvement, I decided to have another doctor check the dose in my blood. The level was so low that I was well under the level that could truely help. I think the whole experience was a test of the placebo effect. The problem is my pain is quite real and intense. He hoping for relief that would never come. I feel that he lied as to the effectiveness of this procedure and I don't appreciate being a lab rat. If doctors want patients to be honest, then I think doctors should be required to do the same. I wasted two years trying something that would never help. I could have tried other treatment had he simply been honest. Once it is removed I will try ablation therapy. Fingers crossed.

posted May 12, 2021
A MySpondylitisTeam Member

Ablation never did help me. I actually experienced worse pain from all the initial poking. My spine has a severe scoliosis.

posted April 15, 2021
A MySpondylitisTeam Member

I have had several sessions of nerve ablation and The L4 L5 area. Surfset lasted over a year. Recently they've only lasted a couple of months. Now I'm set for a lumbar Fusion

posted April 7, 2021
A MySpondylitisTeam Member

I am getting my lower back done on April 6. They do one side wait 2 weeks and do the other side. But if they get it good the benefits can last for mo n ths. I even had one that lasted 18 months. They hurt when you are getting them and even sometimes when you are done. I use a blue ice propped against pillows on my bed fpr 20 min. But I consider them very helpful. I have had several over the years because your nerves grow back. But the main thing is that they help me tremendously. Sorry for the long post

posted March 20, 2021
A MySpondylitisTeam Member

Same. I'm fused from L3 to S1 with another future surgery for L2 fusion. Not sure of all your spine conditions but please use careful consideration about having a spinal fusion. If for spinal stability, retrolisthesis or spondylolisthesis, it's necessary. It just ended up opening up a can of worms for me as I then developed adjacent segment disease, very common. So I keep getting fused higher and higher. Plus failed back surgery syndrome. Wish I had known all of this before my first surgery.

posted April 14, 2021

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