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