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    reflexbug posted:
    had a complete mastectomy-with the reconstruction surgery 9 years ago. Two months later I developed pain in my throrasic spine , and the pain goes around too my right breast. It is terrible aching pain, that never quits. I have been through several tests. MRI, bone scan,had the steroid injections 5 times at 3 separate pain clinics. On several different pain medications. I had the Medtronic Neurostimulation temporary implantd in my back. Nothing has helped me. Several rounds of Physical therapy. I suffer terrible. I'm on my back 80% of the time. Which is the only thing I can do that eases my pain. I have not even lived for 9 years of my life. I'm 64 now. Other wise I'm very healthy. . I have always been so active all my life. Bike riding, walking etc. now to be on the couch most of the time. I was doing some research on line. Found this Medical term called Alcohol Abalation. has anyone every heard of this for nerve pain in the back?
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    davedsel responded:
    Hello. I am sorry you are in so much pain without relief.

    I am very familiar with the term 'ablation'. This is the burning of the nerves either with chemicals or heat. I suppose alcohol could be used in this type of procedure.

    My wife has lower back pain and has had 2 successful ablations done with chemicals, also called rhizotomies. The procedures helped with about 50% of her pain and the relief lasted about 6 months. As far as I know, the procedure can be repeated.

    You may want to read through the Tip at the top of this WebMD Back Pain Community that lists recommended steps for getting back pain diagnosed and treated. Within that thread are links to websites that have good information about spinal conditions and their treatments.

    I pray you can find answers and relief soon.
    Click on my username or avatar picture to read my story.

    Blessings,

    -Dave
     
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    trs1960 replied to davedsel's response:
    To add to Dave's comments, I've had RF nerve ablations This is when they use an RF probe and burn the nerve ganglion. I've had about 50% success. That is 2 worked well and 2 did nothing.

    I don't know what else to add other than a strong suggestion you work with a neurologist to track down the source of pain.

    Tim


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