Repeat radiofrequency ablation
Hi everyone - I am new to the board and had a question. I was reading some previous discussions on rhizotomies but they are quite old and I need some advice. I was at my pain management doctor yesterday who I have been seeing for several years now. I am still trying to figure out a pain management plan for myself because I don't seem to tolerate medications very well and suffer from side effects. I did, however, have 2 rhizotomies or nerve ablations in the last year and had significant pain relief (June 2011 and Jan. 2012). My problem is, that they only seem to last for 4 months. My insurance only allows me to do it twice a year so I have 2 months were the pain is increased. I know that some people say that you can get increased pain from scar tissue but my pain increased ALOT when they wore off even after the first one so I wouldn't think it would be that much scar tissue. It really just feels like 'hot' nerves. My doctor uses smaller needles and does each one individually rather then the machines that use one bigger needle and does them all at one time. I space them 2 weeks apart and have them done from the L4 through the S2 levels. When I asked her yesterday to get a 3rd one in June she was concerned because she has never had to do a 3rd one on anyone before. I never seem to be the one that gets lucky where it works and last for 2 years. She said she wanted to think about it and talk to some of the other doc's.
Can anyone offer some advice? Can I keep doing these or is there a reasonable limit? I would like to say that they might last longer each time but I seem to re-generate nerves quickly and also have fibromyalgia which makes it worse. Thanks!