As a 47 year old mother of 4, the youngest being 17 year old twins and one grandson who is 2 , chronic pain is one of the most difficult challenges with which I have dealt. Pain meds for my degenerating discs and serve arthritis in both knees have been a daily part of my life for over 8 years. I hate the manic feeling with oxycodone, hydracodone makes me sleep and well, I just decided enough! I found the best pain doctor and he has been treating me with RFA's on each side of my back for 5 years. I need one per side about every 18 months. This makes the pain manageable and allows me to take less and less pain meds and that is so motivating! After 3 bad knee scopes in 11 months (2011), i was told I needed to have my knees replaced. NO WAY! Not at 47. My doctor just performed the RFA on my right knee and tomorrow will be one week. Once the minor bruising goes away, my right knee will be virtually pain free! I have to have both sides of my back and left knee done ASAP, but what a difference. I was only the third knee which he had performed this treatment. His mom got the first two. When he suggested doing the same thing to my knee as my back I was so excited. Has anyone else out there had this done on his/her knee? I feel so lucky to have a pain doctor who understands my needs, believes me when I tell him if something does not work, but still has strict rules policies to keep me safe.
I had the diagnostic part of this procedure done several weeks ago. My PM doctor says I am a good candidate, so he is planning my surgery five days from now, one knee. I haven't seen a lot of current postings. Is it normal to have worse pain after the initial placement of the needles? I respect my doctor a lot and will do anything he recommends. I am just a bit nervous. Any further experiences?
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