sorry you've had such a hard time with this - i've had back surgery so I don't really know what all you went thru but have seen several people who have had the head brace on -
I know before i had back surgery i had about 50 questions for the surgeon before I agreed to the surgery - and even after the surgery I had more questions - didn't matter how stupid the questions were I asked -
I hope you are doing better - I don't know if we've had any members that have had your type of surgery that have stayed with us - so please keep posting even if it's just to vent - this is a great support group and we try to help each other -
they will inject the facet joints and depending on how it helps or not will depend on doing the radiofrequency nerve ablation -
when I had mine done I did go in for the injections (does one side and then the other side in separate appointments) and given the fact that I did get some relief we proceed with RFNA.
I did have the RFNA done 2 times and after each treatment I was to keep a log of my daily activities and was asked to go a little farther to see if I could trigger any type of pain to see how the treatment worked on that, i.e., what I was doing, what the scale of the pain was, how long the pain stayed, etc.,
the first round worked really well,, but the 2nd round did nothing.
there have been quite a few past members who have had this done and did not have any pains return for about 6-8 months
hope you do good with the treatments - keep us posted - JoyView Thread
It's great that you are getting good results from these treatments -
the radio frequency treatments have worked on quite a few members (believe most are past members) - some have had great results where this has lasted 6mts to over a year
I had this done 2 times and did not benefit from it - at the time - it was not known how much nerve damage I had - my disc had ruptured and splintered - part of the disc bone was pressing on the S1 nerve root on the left side - and a small part was pressing on the S1 nerve root on the right side - so I had a lot of nerve damage
One thing the doctor should have discussed with you is that it is possible for the nerves to grow back where further treatments may need to be done -
pelase keep us posted as to how you are doing - take care - JoyView Thread
there are a lot of members, past and present, that either are using the TENS Unit or have tried it -
I, for one, have tried it several times - each time it makes the pains in my back worse - I have even tried the "Trial" Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant - this made the nerve issues in my leg go away but it intensified the pain in my lower back - so I was told I was ATYPICAL meaning what works on most people do not work on me.
When purchasing TENS Units, going directly to a medical supply store, you can get them at a reasonable price. However, if you go through a dealer, which your Spine Specialist and/or Pain Management Clinics prefer you go thru dealers, there is a mark up price so those involved will get their share of commissions.
It's good to check around - as there are stores that do carry them - either new or used -
thanks for sharing the information - some of our new members may not be at this stage of treatment -
I have been on gabapentin for 3 years now and it has made a big difference - as much as day/night -
If I miss a dose I can really tell as my pains will start up and will take a good day to get back on track -
usually pain management clinics will try all other treatment options first before requesting an EMG Nerve Conduction Test to determine if there is nerve damage - I had gone to 5 different pain clinics before going to one I'm at now and on my first day they did this test and determined I had nerve damage not only in my left leg but also my right one -
I had the radiofrequency nerve ablation done 2 times - each time the treatment only lasted as long as the numbing agent lasted (about 45 minutes) then the pains came back worse than before - but we have had numerous members that have had this done and have had great results where it has lasted more than 3 months -
I hope this works for you - keep us posted - take care - JoyView Thread
what you should know about sciatic nerve pain is that it never 'goes' away by itself or 'heals' itself - there is a reason that you have sciatic nerve problems - those mainly are that something is causing the nerve to be pinched - either from joints being out of wack or you may have a disc(s) that has bulged and is pressing on the nerve root -
before taking any supplements for sciatic nerve problems it's best that you be fully examined by either an Orthopedic Spine Specialist or a Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist - this does not mean you need surgery but they are the best at reading results of MRI/CT Scans -
it's important that you understand what is causing the nerve pains and that possibly one of the adjustments you received may have pushed that nerve root around where you don't feel the nerve pain, right now - but it could come back. so it's important that you be fully examined and diagnosed before taking any type of supplements -
heat and ice packs my help - taking a hot bath - when sleeping on your side sleep with pillows between your knees and kinda curl up in fetal position - if on your back sleep with pillows under your knees -
not sure what meds you are on - but Lyrica or Neurontin will help with some of the pains - pain pills do nothing for the pains - going to physical therapy under the advise of either your spine specialist or pain management physician, will help and they will be able to give you home exercises to do - remember we are all different so that may help one may not help another -
hope this helps - keep us posted - take care - JoyView Thread