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Radiofrequency neurotomy recovery

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2 weeks 4 days ago - 2 weeks 4 days ago #29058 by alinner
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Hi all

I had L3, 4 & 5 left & right done last Tuesday (24th July) and I'm getting nerve pain - similar to what I had before the procedure. The surgeon said I could expect a 'sunburn' like feeling for potentially up to 6 weeks on my lower back, but I'm keen to know if others have had this done what was their after experience like?

I don't want to run back to the surgeon if this is normal, but I'm having trouble picking anything off the floor or just looking in the lower shelf of the fridge. Is this normal??

Also starting to get a pain down the inside of my right leg. Didn't have that before....

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Anita
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2 weeks 4 days ago #29060 by fingers
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Talk to your doctor.

I think that is the best advise anyone can give. They are there to help you and answer your questions so if there is something wrong they can look at it, or if it is all normal give you peace of mind. Call the offices and talk to them on the phone if you can.

I have had this surgery on C2 and C3 before, but didn't have any noteworthy side effects or gains either.

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2 weeks 4 days ago #29063 by Johnno
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Hi alinner ,
I Have had this procedure done 5 times and am seeing my pain physician again on Thursday to see when the next available session is , I have been fortunate that my post procedure results have been good not saying that it’s pain free and your a wooz ,just I’ve been lucky to have a female in charge of both anaesthetic and nuerotomy .
He only time I have had grief is when I had 16 sites in one go sciatic and when I had a epidural with steroid injected they were both painful but the epidurL was embarrassing which I’ll explain to you when your older ..
So saying what I waffled about there are different recovery times for different people , I have used ice to help but if your unsure Call your pain physician

Johnno

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2 weeks 3 days ago #29068 by alinner
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Thanks - I've had a fusion on my C5 & 6, so understand how bad pain can be both pre & post op. Just curious to see how others went after this procedure - it's good to hear real results / stories rather than what doctors tell you is the norm.

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2 weeks 3 days ago #29069 by Johnno
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Hey alinner,

I had an ACDF Anterior Cerviacal Discectomy with Fusion about 3 years ago and I feel absolutely brilliant as I had tennis and golfers elbow in both sides , for four years prior to the op. when my right arm went numb I was referred to a nuerosurgeon the first one injected cortisone into the joint which gave me some relief for about three weeks so I wasn’t impressed i eventually found a nuerosurgeon who looked at my first MRIs and went “oh shit “ I asked if that was a good or bad “shit”well I ended up having surgery within the week and haven’t looked back , but I don’t have complete full movement but what I have is better the being a quadriplegic which is what would have happened .

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