If he/she were my child I would go see an orthopedic physiatrist. In my opinion they are best trained to find the source of the problem and guide you to the best solution to fix it before it becomes a bigger problem and some surgeon cuts away limiting any future solutions.
Best of luck and my prayers are with you and your child
Never heard of 3 tests required myself and everyone I know that has gone through it only required on test. Even the pain pump I just got which the insurance companies hate to pay for only required one test.
As for burning the nerves, it actually burns the nerve ganglion which is like the knot you see on a tree where a branch comes out. It is the delineation of your CNS on one side and peripheral nerves on the other. This why some growth after burning will occur.
Until this post I've never heard of someone's long term pain increasing. It can be painful during the process for sure, but usually (in my reading) the negative consequence is lack of relief. That's not to say there's not greater risks because there are. They poking an RF probe right up next to your spinal cord and burning the attached ganglion so it is a bit risky.
Like I said before I've had 5 such procedures and would do it again if indicated.
Good luck and keep talking to your doc. The analgesic test is a good indicator of probable outcome.
Staples are out, things are great. I got my wireless device to give myself extra meds if needed. Incisions look good and just the area around the pump is still sore.
Interestingly, I asked my doc about concerns with legally driving and he said with the pump delivery he doubts the meds would even show up in a blood or urine test!
That's good news epically here in NV. There is a small amount of opiad you can have in your system if it's prescribed, but it's a very small amount. I have a close friend who just got out of the hospital for spine surgery yesterday and was supposed to be in court for a DUI for driving on meds. He got his court date pushed out, but that is a huge black cloud hanging over him!View Thread
There's so many variables both in your injury and you as a person and how you take care of yourself post op.
I'm sure you've looked, but just in case you can go to the Medtronics web site and watch videos etc.
It took me years to agree to the pain pump which I just had surgically implanted 10 days ago. So far I'm really optimistic. I just got my staples out today from surgery and my wireless controller to give myself extra meds when needed.
While the pump and stimulator are different they share manufacturers I talked to my doc today about driving and laws regarding opiads. He said with the pain pump nothing would likely even show up on the most sensitive blood or urine tests. Of course there's no worries with just the stimulator.
Yeah and mine was instant traumatic injury. So once the tree hit me I was lucky to be alive!
I can't complain about my medical treatment as it was the tree that got me, my docs have done their best. I only had one really bad pain doc. He put me on fentanyl and sent me on my way... Ironically he almost did cure my pain, by nearly killing me!!!!!!
I'm doing pretty well. Mostly all I feel is the suture pain. Of course I haven't done anything to aggravate my Back so until I heal up a little more I won't know for sure. I know the pump is on at a really low setting, but I swear my spine pain is lower, maybe it's because I can't take my mind off the staples!!!!
Right now I'm not going to be sleeping for awhile. I just have that insomnia feeling. They gave me two ambien and I'm still wide awake. The front incision really hurts, but everything else is fine.View Thread
It will probably take a week or so to determine how well it works. The doc said getting off my meds prior will really help. He told my wife that it was amazing for me to eliminate the pain meds and stay off of them for months awaiting the pump!
Right now I'm going crazy. Trying to relax in recovery and the sutures are annoying, but the beeps and alarms from all the tubes hooked up to me are driving me nuts
O2, BP, bladder function... I think they're even monitoring my sphincter muscle!
They said they'll take it all off in a few hours. I've got movies on my IPad. I'm sure I can fall asleep without all these tubes and beeps!View Thread