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My Radio Frequency Ablation Is Friday!!!

Monday, August 20, 2012

I got a call this afternoon from my pain specialist's office. They had a cancellation and would I be able to do my procedure this Friday? After having 2 bad migraines in 2 weeks, it was a resounding YES from me! I have an appointment with my regular migraine specialist tomorrow and I can't wait to be able to tell her. I've been reading up on the procedure too. I sure hope that it works for me.

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PEGGYANNSCH 8/25/2012 8:46AM


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DONNABRIGHT 8/21/2012 8:29AM

    Sure hope this works for you!

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SLENDERELLA61 8/20/2012 8:44PM

    Glad you got in fast! Wishing you all the best. Take care, Marsha

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AMANDAJCD 8/20/2012 7:43PM

    Best of luck!

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Feeling Better Today!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

I'm feeling much better today! What a relief! I will be very careful tomorrow when exercising. I don't want a repeat of yesterday.

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DONNABRIGHT 8/20/2012 2:30PM

    So glad you're having a good day!

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VARSWIFE 8/19/2012 11:52AM

    Glad you're feeling better!

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

I developed a dull throb in the back of my head yesterday afternoon and it is still with me today. I decided that working out would do more harm than good so I'm laying low today. Hubby and I drove to his sister's house and met some other family members who have been visiting this week. We all went out to breakfast and had a nice visit. I still had a dull throb so we left and drove home. I took my headache medicine and went to bed. Tomorrow I will be much better, I know. I think I even know what exercise helped to cause my headache. I will be more careful in the future and avoid similar moves.

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DONNABRIGHT 8/18/2012 5:52PM

    I'm sure hoping you enjoy Sunday and feel great!

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PHATPAT18 8/18/2012 3:37PM

    May you feel better soon.

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SUNSHINE99999 8/18/2012 3:36PM

  Here's to tomorrow being much better for you indeed. emoticon

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Radio Frequency Ablation

Friday, August 17, 2012

I had my appointment with the specialist doctor yesterday. We discussed several options to treat the residual pain - left from my problem last year with my neck. I'm still having migraines which this doctor said were both cervicogenic and regular migraines. This is the same thing that both my neurosurgeon and neurologist told me last year. Because the spinal opening is so small, there is a big chance that I will need further surgery. This limits my options for now. That is okay with me.

The first option is to have a RFA (radio frequency ablation) in the occipital and sub occipital areas on both sides of my head. In this procedure microwaves are used to make the occipital and sub occipital nerves vibrate so quickly that the cells on the nerve receptors slough off and the nerves are dulled. This causes a big reduction in the ability of the receptors to feel pain in this area and thus reduces migraines and muscle pain. There is a small possibility that pain will increase right after the procedure while some of the receptors are moving and being sloughed off. This would be a good procedure for me with few limitations and very little "down" time.

The second option is to have a nerve stimulator implanted in the occipital/sub occipital areas on both sides of my head. The is a new procedure that has been FDA approved for the thoracic and lumbar spines and is waiting for approval for the cervical spine. The device itself has been FDA approved for the spine in general and is safe for use in the cervical spine. The FDA just requires separate approval for every area of the spine but since they approved it for the whole spine I could safely have it implanted. The down side of this is that you can't have a regular MRI with this implant. This device requires a special type of imaging that is very specialized and expensive. Since I may require more surgery on my cervical spine and as such will need to have additional MRIs, this is most likely not a good option for me at this time.

The third option is to discuss my issues at my next neurosurgery appointment in September and have a new MRI done to see if and when I can have more repair done on the cervical spine. This option is kind of a wait and see option. I am anxious to see what my new neurosurgeon has to say. (The neurosurgeon who did my surgery in September 2011 has since moved to Ohio state. Bummer!! emoticon)

I have too many variables at this point in time to even consider any option other than option one which is the radio frequency ablation. This procedure lasts 6-12 months and will keep me from having to drive 120 miles (round trip) to have repeated occipital blocks which last 2-4 weeks at most.
I am currently waiting to hear from the scheduling department at my doctor's office to see when I can have the RFA procedure. I agree with my doctor that this option will give me relief while I am waiting to see my neurosurgeon.

Throughout this whole process what struck me is how amazing technology is! The doctors at the Moffitt Pain Center were very kind and gentle. They took their time and made me feel like I have options and they made me feel like they care about me. It was a very promising experience!

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PEGGYANNSCH 8/18/2012 9:17AM


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CHRIS3874 8/17/2012 10:37PM

    Good luck .

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MZZCHIEF 8/17/2012 8:52PM

    hey Aqua!
Looks like you have a lot of options open to you.
Best of luck with your decision... may you be on your way to pain free healing, soon!

: )

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DONNABRIGHT 8/17/2012 8:08PM


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Ready For Tomorrow

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

I'm ready for tomorrow. The alarm is set, healthy snacks/food are ready, my packet of information is completed and in the car, directions to Moffitt Pain Clinic have been reviewed, gym bag is packed and in the car, water to take with me is set up and I've reviewed my plans with hubby. I made enough dinner tonight for leftovers tomorrow. I love the feeling that being ready gives me. I'm more relaxed and hopefully I will sleep good tonight. It will be a long drive in rush hour but I am prepared!

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PEGGYANNSCH 8/16/2012 9:41AM

    Good luck

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    Good luck!

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