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Facet Rhizotomy for severe spasms

From: 100000158136043... - on 12/10/2011 8:24am

I had L5-S1 fused April '09 and an XLIF on T11-T12 (fusion) in Oct '09 and did well, but started having severe spasms once again daily by mid April '11. Spasms have plagued me since '05. I just had a Facet Rhizotomy T12 thru T9. It has killed the spasms but I woke up sleeping on my back this morning (that always causes me severe pain) with the same pain dead center above my fusion site. Good news is there is/was a solution to my/your spasms bad news I still have bone pain. I'm calling my surgeon on Monday and if he can't see any other problem I'm making my appointment at Bonati Spine in Florida as I have enough $ for one last try.

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on 12/16/2011 12:55pm

There are various foam inserts that help you control your sleeping position. When I was having level 8 pain, the only way I could sleep was in a recliner. Later I got one of those foam gizmos to accomplish the same thing in a regular bed. As long as I did not roll off of it, it was great. You really can condition yourself to keep away from pain-causing sleep positions. Thankfully, my problems improved so much after my facet rhizotomy that I have not had to resort to these sleep aids. I did have to have a repeat of the rhizotomy after about 2 years and the nerves will grow back. If I had to do it, I would have gotten a hospital type bed that allowed me to have knees bent and semi sitting position as this is what was most comfortable for me. As my back gets worse I may consider it in the future. A new bed or foam inserts are surely less expensive than new surgery and a whole lot less risky.

on 12/20/2011 9:29pm

I think you should consider the pain pump. They can add Baclofen with the the other pain medicine in the pump and it will keep you spasm free and out pain also. Don't get the stimulator, Everyone I have heard of with it say's they itch like crazy. The pump works 100 times better.

on 12/27/2011 3:07pm

My skin is pretty sensitive to sitting on vinyl seats and swimming in pools with brohmide instead of chlorine and have had mild psoriasis for 30 yrs so I can imagine putting something other then the same hardware in my back would cause me to itch like heck. I was also told no MRI/X-rays when implanted BUT living with this pain has really started taking it's toll regradless of meds which I hate having the ball and chain.

on 01/20/2012 11:53am

Well it seems that while the Rhizotomy has worked about 50% on my spasms where I am not in lockdown every afternoon but they are coming back. Feels like my whole back 3 hrs after I get up is in a tug of war just not to the point of actually being able to see the muscles knotting up. I guess the steroids have worn off as my pain is just as bad as before Rhizotomy above my thoracic fusion site, lost alot of disc since the fusion 3 levels up. I walked 1 1/2 miles 10 days ago and with-in an hour I was down on the couch in a #7-8 pain on meds. My primary care Doc lives 2 doors down from me and has seen what this year has been like for me. Sorry I'm kinda whiny this morning just really disappointed things have went south AGAIN. Can't help but wonder what this year will be like. All you guys are in my prayers.