Wednesday, July 08, 2009

RFA Procedure Update: 3 Weeks Later


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I don't know any other way to start this update post other than to say that I'm really disappointed.

I had the radiofrequency rhizotomy (aka Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation aka RFA) procedure on Wednesday, June 17. As expected I was sore from the procedure itself, but my typical neck pain was completely gone and I had fewer migraine attacks, too. The pain from the procedure continued for a good week and a half, but then that mostly went away, too.

Unfortunately, last Thursday my neck started hurting again the way it did before the procedure. Along with the neck pain came the resulting migraines in the ram's horn shaped pattern that tends to characterize occipital neuralgia. This hasn't let up as of the writing of this post.

I'm incredibly bummed out. When I had two weeks of relief I really thought this was going to be my answer. I'm scared at what this might mean, but I'm trying to keep a calm and level head until my follow up appointment on July 15th.

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