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2nd Facet Rhizotomy for severe back spasms

Started by 100000158136043... on 12/23/2011 6:25am

I had a right side 4 level T12-T9 Dec 8th and noticed IMMEDIATE relief from my gut wrenching right side spasms, full results in 3-4 weeks. Just had left side done to replicate the right side Dec 22nd to even me out. Seems this procedure is not well known about and is low risk and minimal invasive and 2 hour out-patient. I found a Great Doc who is also a Good Man. He's in Seneca SC and accepted my NC, BCBS. Anyone wanting help/info about him please contact me. Thanks Doc..!!

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This procedure can work really well. The only problem is that most of us have more than one problem. So while some can get really dramatic results it depends on whether the problems are really mainly arising from the facet joint nerves. I have had two rhizotomies also and I am pretty good --not normal but my life is back. Another warning is that the nerves grow back and it is very likely that the problem will come back. My 2nd rhizotomy was a partial repeat of the first one. My first rhizotomy was bilateral but the second was a repeat of one side. IT was about 2 years between the procedures. I really hope that you have found something to really help you even though it does not really address the underlying problem --Sometimes it is just not possible to correct the underlying cause.

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After the daily lockdown spasms on my right side that I could set my watch by 1-2pm I'll take a 1-2 yrs relief. I blew T11-T12 and had 3-4 compression fractures almost 30 yrs ago. I have had spasms on and off the last 6 yrs when all my problem started showing up but nothing like the ones I was having since March '11. T11-T12 XLIF fusion in Oct '09 was like I was 20 yrs old again after about 9 months but...it has caused me to loose about 1/3 disc space on the next 3 levels up there and I suspect and so does one other opinion that has caused pressure on some nerve root exit and I do have one bulge there into my spinal cord. Gonna give it 30 days now that I am evened out and if the #6-8 pain after 3 hrs on my feet that I am still experiencing does not become manageable without narcotics then I will consider a T11/12 and T10/11 Laminotomy and Foraminotomy. After the right side was done Dec 8th I was able to get off 75mg Oxycodone and just use 50-60mg Hydrocodone in only the 1st week but I started pushing myself too hard (just swimming) and I guess the steroids he put in started to wear off after about 10 days caused alot of pain to return so Doc agreed to do the left side Dec 22nd. I hope that will even me out as it feels the left side seemed was pulling. Where did you have yours done if I can ask? I have found very few Docs that do it and amazingly the neurosurgeon that did my XLIF said it didn't exist. Getting a CT Scan w and w/out dye done next week. This back stuff is VERY confusing almost to the point of having to diagnose/find procedures that work myself. I pray we all find lasting relief but I also know sometimes we don't but I am not giving up. I wasted 2 1/2 yrs trusting 2 Docs opinions that I didn't need surgery before I had my simple L5-S1 fusion that was almost 100% relief in 3 months from pain and have only minor to moderate pain in my lumbar but thoracic overides that so it's confusing.

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My procedures were done at the pain clinic at Barnes hospital in St. Louis. I have been really lucky as I have been able to get off oxycodone completely but I do continue with tramadol. Tramadol is a strange drug and I find it works for me very much better than hydrocodone. But pain meds are a very individual thing --just like back problems, pain is a complex issue. I really relate to grade 8 pain as I have thankfully only had it for short periods of time. You are correct that you are your best advocate when you have any kind of medical problem, particularly so for back problems. You should research it as well as you can and consult as many experts as possible.

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Thanks Linda. Doc said that unless I got a terminal disease it wouldn't be permanent. Doing the left side to even out sure seems like it has helped even though full results take up to month. Weird feeling when the muscles are trying to lockdown and can only spasm about 2 inches off my spine. It's been just a week on the left side and 3 weeks on the right. Spasms have definitely laid down but the pain around my T11-T12 plate is back and radiates out and up. Gotta be inflammation has returned there. CT scan tommorrow, sending it down to Bonati as they seem to have given me the best diagnosis 2 months ago from a May '11 MRI that makes/feels what would cause my pain, nerve root compression and Laminotomy and Foraminotomy to fix it. I hope they take the plate out too. 5 1/2 yrs of this has worn me down physically,mentally, spritually and financially and especially the last 8 months. Get better go down hill, get better go downhill. At least I have been able to keep my weight/muscles built up. I don't know how to accept this and feel pretty weak when I read other peoples posts that are so much worse than me.

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