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@grandmar

Hi All!

I have/had stenosis, bulging disks, osteoarthritis, just to name a few issues.
I had radio frequency ablation several times on various parts of my spine.
I NEVER found them to work.
They were uncomfortable and didn't work so that pissed me off.
Now, that was ME!
I have numerous issues and we are all different.
It is my opinion that when nothing works, like shots, it's time to move on to something that might.
Sadly, we have to be our own trial subjects since we all react differently.

Stand tall!
Ronnie (GRANDMArO

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Replies to "Hi All! I have/had stenosis, bulging disks, osteoarthritis, just to name a few issues. I had..."

Hi, Grandma.
RFA (radio frequency ablation) worked for me, but only for 8 months of "no pain."
You need to be more picky about your health providers.
RFA cost my insurance around $40,000. Thank goodness I have good insurance! BUT, I would not subject myself or my insurance company to the pinching shots again, because I feel that $40,000 for 8 months of pain relief is not a sensible way to spend money,
I had my RFA done at the Rehab. Hospital of Lovelace Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I am now working on the problem with lumbar and neck MRIs, Ask for the discs, and take them to spine surgeons so they can put them on the computer screen and describe what they show to you.
If you do not like the regular "tube" MRI experience, there is a company called Upright MRI at which you sit upright while they take the MRI. It's noisy, but gives clear info so the doctor can see what is going on.

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