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12/3/11 1:42 P

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Same thing here, no memory. It's strange, because the first time I had RFA, I remember them waking me and zapping me. I hope yours goes well, too. Keep us updated with your progress.

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12/2/11 5:37 P

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Yeah I was out. It was weird because I know they didn't put my out too far that I couldn't respond to them, but I have no recollection of what went on. I hope I didn't say anything too weird :). I hope your follow up goes well!

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12/2/11 2:48 P

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Fingers crossed that it works!! Let us know. Were you "out" for the procedure? I was out and remember nothing! My doctor follow up is next week.

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12/2/11 10:26 A

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I was sore from the needles being inserted not so much from the back pain I normally feel. I am still sore today though not as much. It just feels like I over worked my muscles.

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12/1/11 6:55 P

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I'm surprised you were sore right after. I had no pain for at least 24 hours.

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12/1/11 3:28 A

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I understand your liking to watch - I like that sort of thing, too! When I had a hook-wire biopsy for a breast lump a few years ago, the Dr was trying to get me to look at the wall so I couldn't see him making the incision in my breast. I refused. In the end I told him I liked blood and guts which is probably why I was a First Responder. He gave up and accepted I was gory. It was actually quite interesting and if I had been allowed to be awake while they removed the lump, I would have, but that was a general anesthetic.

I hope that pain is reducing now and you get good results long term.

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11/30/11 10:02 P

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I had the RFA done today. I usually don't need sedation for my back procedures (I am a neuroscientist, I like to watch), but they insisted for this one so I don't remember much of the procedure itself. Right after I was vary sore. I laid down with some ice and some NSAIDs and I am still sore but that is supposed to go away. I will wait and see and let everyone know.

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11/30/11 6:21 P

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I've had RFA twice. The last one was 3 weeks ago. They work for most people with facet joint arthritis, but they didn't work for me. I was good for 10 days, then the pain came back, so it probably was the steroids they used that I was getting the pain relief from.

There is a lot of information on this forum
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11/29/11 3:42 P

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I have facet joint pain due to disk degeneration in my lumbar spine (primarily L5-S1 but its spreading to the others as time goes on). It started in 2006 and I have tried epidural steroid injections, medial branch blocks and facet joint injections along with physical therapy. Everything works for a while but then I have to step up to the next thing. I go in tomorrow so I will let you know what I think about it.

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11/29/11 2:33 P

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That sounds like an interesting form of treatment. I haven't had this done but would be interested to know how it goes.

What is the problem with your back, other than pain?

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11/29/11 8:36 A

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My doctor has decided to try radiofrequency ablation (RFA) on my back to help with the pain. Has anyone else had this done? What do you think about it? Thanks!

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