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I'm having rhizotomy (lasering the nerves around my lower spine) my lower spine the day after tomorrow and after months of avoiding looking it up I'm now in full on panic mode! Has anyone out there had the procedure and how was it - honest is best, I'd like to know if it is shit so I can prepare myself!
Thank you denialandpanic. I have hear that it can be a miracle cure for some and a nightmare for others. I don't know anything about the recovery though and have a funeral 6 hours drive away next week.
In a word - brutal! I was wide awake and only had local anaesthetic injected into the area, which was pretty ineffectual when they hit the nerves. Had to stay awake so I could tell the surgeon when he was touching the nerves - which he pulsed with a little electric current and then basically cooked (probe heats to 90 degrees). It felt like drill bits going into my back so I cried and swore a LOT! On top of this I had a massive freak out panic sweat as I had thought I would be knocked out for the procedure until I got into theatre. Not feeling too bad at the moment, bit sick and a full ache (6 hours later). But the lady in the bed next to me had the same done last year and 48 hours after the op she was in crippling agony that lasted about a month. After that she had only 3 months of being pain free before the nerves grew back. Not great results - it is supposed to be 6-24 months of reduced pain. Happy to report back over next week or so if you want me to denial and toothless?
I had the steroid injections before this - they were also horrid. Sadly all the joyous drugs are off limits - I'm super sensitive to most and allergic to some. I can just about tolerate morphine and get by with Ibruprofen and paracetamol (600mg + 1g).
Hi Asteria, I realise this is an old post but I was wondering if in the long term you rhizotomy worked - if so, when did it kick in ? is it still working ? If not, would you have another one ? I am considering having one (for back problem that give me pain all the way to my foot) and was curious as to how yours turned out. Hope you are feeling better now . xx