Radiofrequency ablation for Upper/Mid Back Pain: Does it help?

Posted by dkapustin @dkapustin, Dec 26, 2018

I started going to Pain Management a few months ago for the chronic pain in my upper/mid back. I have an old compression fracture between T7 and T8 from a hard slip and fall, Osteoporosis, and Osteoarthritis. The doctor has scheduled an radiofrequency ablation tor that area and sounded hopeful that it would help. Has anyone had it done in that region and was it helpful? As an FYI, my Osteoporosis is being treated with Reclast and HRT….for now.

yes, I have had it done twice, sorry to say it did not work for me, Mine is a compression fracture, I was so hopeful, as the trail procedures went well, however, the real procedures did not. The doctor feels it is the compression fracture that is stopping it from working. It does work for some people, Hopefully it will work for you. Good Luck!

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@rondello

yes, I have had it done twice, sorry to say it did not work for me, Mine is a compression fracture, I was so hopeful, as the trail procedures went well, however, the real procedures did not. The doctor feels it is the compression fracture that is stopping it from working. It does work for some people, Hopefully it will work for you. Good Luck!

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Thanks, mine is an old compression fracture problem too. I'll have to try it because if procedures are turned down, pain management doesn't like that very much. LOL Fingers crossed.

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@dkapustin Mine,s an old fracture also but have the back pain in bra area let me know if this helps

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@lioness That's exactly where my pain is. In the bra area of the back. The one place I can't reach on my own so my sister has to put my tens unit on. LOL By the way, if you've never tired a tens unit, you may want to give it a go. It helps.

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@dkapustin

@lioness That's exactly where my pain is. In the bra area of the back. The one place I can't reach on my own so my sister has to put my tens unit on. LOL By the way, if you've never tired a tens unit, you may want to give it a go. It helps.

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@dkapustin Yes I do have a Tens unit they are great I bought a back brush ,a soft pad on it and rub muscle cream on back One thing my chiropractor does after he uses the tens is put heat or ice on feels good. Ice is an anti-inflammatory and heat heals by bringing the blood to the area

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Where do you get a tens unit and how much is it?

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@pjss48 I got mine along time ago through a catalogue but you can Google it Tens unit mine is a Pro Cure had it for 10 yrs Amazon may have it also

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Thanks would Medicare pay for it?

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@pjss48 I don't know as my tens was cheap then and my brace I got through Dr.Leanords catalogue you can ask your Dr to order one then Medicare will pay I'm getting a Rollater walker ,as the Dr orders it Medicare will pay for it

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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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I had it done for T4 T5 T6 T7 about 6 months ago. I have a bulging disc. It was a very painful procedure as the surgeon I use doesn't knock you out and afterwards I was in the most horrific pain I have ever been in, in my back. needless to say, it did not work at all. I just had it done again yesterday and he gave me xanex to take 1 hour before and some Norco to take after and the pain for the procedure was still a little painful but I was not in tears for hours after the procedure and I was able to sleep last night. I don't know if this will work this time or not but hoping so. 4 months prior to all of this, I had a nerve block which did nothing other than reduce my pocket book.
Wondering if anyone else has the same issues and found relief?
I do have arthritis in my low back and some hip issues. tear in my left hip as well as calcium deposits on both hips and arthritis on my hips. I was in a major car accident 2.5 years ago that caused the tear as well as my bulging disc. My pain was manageable prior to accident and now my mid/upper back just burns all the time and my hips cause my legs to give out and I fall. I have now had cortisone shots in both hip/legs and I can finally walk again. But I cannot seem to manage my mid/upper back pain no matter what. I take gabapentin which seems to help tremendously and I sleep great, but I can't take it during the day even on lower doses because it knocks me out and I have kids and young grandchildren that I watch and drive around. I'm beginning to feel like there is no hope. I used to love to hike and golf and play with the kids and now I feel like my life is so altered. I'm desperate to try anything that may have helped anyone. thank you!

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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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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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