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1 month 2 weeks ago #28961 by alinner
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Hi everyone

I've just joined and am hoping that someone can help me with some info....

I've had back & neck issues for maybe 20 years - I had my a fusion in my neck last October (C4 - 6) with varying degrees of success. Right now it's ok but am looking down the barrel of fusing C7 in the near future.

My back is the current problem and I've tried everything from steroid injections into the nerve root and facet joint (3), acupuncture, neuro chiropractic & normal chiropractic and nothing so far has dulled the pain. We thought my only options was fusion, but now my surgeon has suggested burning the nerve. I'm seeing the nerve burning specialist on Thursday, but I've googled this and can't find any info on the recovery time. I know what they do (lot's of info on that) but what do I expect after? I'd like to hear from someone who has had this done......

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Anita

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1 month 2 weeks ago #28963 by jo.m
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Hi alinner,

Firstly welcome to the CPA forum :) I hope you find what you’re looking for and make some friends along the way.

I have had RFN (radio frequency neurotomies or burning of the nerves) twice now. My first experience was not a great one and my recovery was very poor (due to specialist error leaving me with CRPS in my left arm) and it took me 4 years to trust another specialist to perform the same procedure on my lower back this time.
I had my lower back done this year. The recovery time can vary but likely you will feel what I can describe as severe sun burn over the skin on the area where the nerves are burnt. This can last up to 6 weeks (lessening over the weeks) Unfortunately for me I did get the side effect for the 6 weeks at least if not a little longer but it does settle. Other than quite minor side effects you will be up as usual straight away so shouldn’t worry too much about a major recovery time as such just some extra pain in some cases.
Good luck and I hope it all goes well for you.

Jo :)

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1 month 2 weeks ago #28964 by Johnno
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Hi Alinner,

Don’t be concerned I’ve had five done and the only problem I had was when they did a lumbar cortisone shot because your nether regions go numb and you don’t know what your doing post denervation, I thought I had gas but it wasn’t luckily it was firm .
I generally wake up in post op. fairly well a little bit tender but I was able to travel and walk fairly comfortable .
I am lucky to have a great pain physician and anaesthetist both ladies and both bloody awesome I’m in Brissie and count myself lucky to have such great team to help me with my back .
Where do you live ?

Johnno

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1 month 2 weeks ago #28965 by alinner
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I'm also in Brisbane - who do you see? If I'm allowed to ask...
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1 month 2 weeks ago #28966 by alinner
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Thanks - I'm normally the minority of the population where things don't go according to plan...but thanks for the heads up. I hope you're doing well now.

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1 month 2 weeks ago #28967 by jo.m
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You’ll be good!

I also see a good pain specialist in Brisbane (I’ll message you his name)

If you ever feel up to coffee Johnno, myself and another member meet up when we can. It’s been good for us to get together and always welcome new people to join us.
Keep an eye out for the Coffee Club thread.

Jo

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Clears away the cobwebs and the sorrow 'til there's none

When I'm stuck with a day that's grey and lonely
I just stick out my chin and grin and say, oh

The sun will come out tomorrow
So you gotta hang on
'til tomorrow, come what may!"

Annie - The Movie
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