Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Moving Forward with Radiofrequency Rhizotomy


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My doctor's appointment with the pain specialist the day after Memorial Day went well. I had a cervical medical branch block to find out how my neck and pain responded. It helped a lot. The relief was not long lasting or indefinite, but it was significant. I had no neck pain the first four days after the procedure and even after the neck pain returned it hasn't been nearly as bad as it was before the medical branch block.

Since the medial branch block procedure was successful the doctor scheduled me for radiofrequency rhizotomy (radiofrequency nerve ablation). I'll be going back for that procedure in a couple of weeks.

I feel much more confident about it now that I've done the first procedure. Becoming familiar with the procedure room and set up (they will be similar) makes me much less anxious about the next procedure. I think I can do this.

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