Occipital Neuralgia

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I had no idea what Excruciating Pain was. Does Radio Frequency Ablation I the facet joint nerve work?

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    Hi AttyBand, I am waiting to have my facet joint radio frequency denervation repeated. I think this is the same as ablation where the nerve r are burnt away. I had this procedure on my lumbar and cervical joints and really was the best pain relief I have had. Cortisone injections seem to no longer work well for me. You only realise once the nerves finally grow back how excruciating the pain really is. For me, this procedure was very good.
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      That's great. At this point the pain is so unbearable I can't even raise my head up. I'm desperate to get this procedure even though the doctor tells me that it may hurt even worse for the first two weeks or so
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      My pain was so severe before having the RFA done, that I felt instant relief after the procedure. The pain afterwards for the first 10 days was like sunburn but I could deal with that far better than the nerve and joint pain that I had before. I then had cervical denervation and am due my next lumbar procedure on 29th October. If it was that bad I doubt I would ask for the procedure to be repeated. I had my last 2 done on a Friday and went back to work both times on the Monday
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    I had that done for almost 6 months, did not help made it worse, well I had to have a fusion done so the doctor try to fix the nerve in my back by cutting out and putting in new nerve from my side since they were taking bone graft from there, it didn't work neither fusion or nerve replacement or regrowth as they called it, its been 20 years and still in pain and now my last resource is the nevro senza which I'm getting permanently put in on Sept 24th all I am hoping that the pain goes away. Good luck...
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