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RADIO FREQUENCY LESIONING FOR CHRONIC BACK PAIN
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lorieeg posted:
I HAVE HAD CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN FOR OVER 10 YEARS. PT INITIALLY HELPED, THEN DIDN'T. I ALSO HAD OSTEOPATHIC ADJUSSTMENT AND CONSULTED WITH A NEUROSURGEON AND ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON WHEN I REALLY GOT DESPARATE. THEY CAN'T LOCATE THE SOURCE OF THE PAIN, EVEN WITH AN MRI, AND HADN'T ANY FURTHER SUGGESTIONS.

I WAS EVENTUALLY REFERRED TO A PAIN CLINIC WHERE THEY USED A COMBINATION OF MEDS AND RFL. I HAVE TO ADMIT THAT ONLY 1 IN 3 TREATMENTS HELPED, BUT I FINALLY FOUND A DOCTOR WHO IS 3 OUT OF 3.

THIS IS NOT A PERMANENT SOLUTION, BUT, UNLIKE THE OTHER TYPES OF SHOTS, LASTS ANYWHERE FROM 6 MONTHS TO ALMOST 2 YEARS IN ONE CASE. LIKE ACUPUNCTURE (WHICH I HAVEN'T TRIED), THE OUTCOME DEPENDS A LOT ON THE SKILL OF THE PRACTIONER.

I COULDN'T FIND ANY MENTION OF THIS TREATMENT ON THE WEBSITE, BUT I AM A FIRM BELIEVER.
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maltlover responded:
Hi lorieeg. I have to agree with you about the RFL. I have had it done twice with great results. Unlike some other treatments available such as steroid injections, this procedures is without side effects as far as I know.

Since the MRI has not found any problems, I wonder why none of your doctors has suggested a c-scan? This usually finds things that the MRI does not. It is so helpful to find the source of the pain so that proper treatment can begin. You might want to ask your doctor about having it done. I hope you have really long results and wish you the best.

Carol


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