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Old 10-27-2010, 11:11 PM   #1
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I have sevre post herpatic neuralgia in my right index finger which is a result of a battle with shingles 3 years ago. The stabbing burning pain in the finger and part of the hand is 24/7 and unbearable at times. I had a SCS implanted last year but it isn't of much use. To get any relief from it I have to turn it so high my arm would shake all over. I'm trying to find a pain doctor who might try radio frequency ablation on the for the finger. Has anyone had any sucess with RFA or any treatment for post herpatic neuralgia?
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Old 11-01-2010, 01:48 PM   #2
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Hi ~ I had it done on the spinal area, and I didn't have any relief at all from it. I know they got the right nerve, cause they used fluoroscopy ~ so they could see what they were doing. It just didn't work.

The only thing wrong with ablation is it's temporary. You don't get relief for very long at all, as the nerves grow back. The AVERAGE rate of regrowth is one inch per month, so it depends on how much they burn as to how long you'll get relief.

If you have it done, I wish you the best of luck. God bless. Hugs, Lee
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Old 11-01-2010, 04:57 PM   #3
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I have tried the Radio Frequency injection as treatment for my CRPS and I had no relief from the treatment. After the treatment my pain became worse. I would not reccomend this treatment to my worse enemy. Proceed with caution.
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Old 11-16-2010, 02:43 AM   #4
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Hello Everyone! Newbie here , I had the nerve block done on my back about a year and half ago , and let me tell you its back with a vengence!!! I saught out new pain doc Here in Bluffton SC and they got me doing beginners pt. After stinulating my back with the tens unit, my shingles is off the chart! Two hours after taking pain meds,thats (2/7.5)muscle relaxer and 80mg celexa,The pain is back within two hours, and now the RF whatever nerve block in lower back and nerve injection they done in my left hip last summer have both got me about to loose my mind< I have very high tolerence to pain and have sever anxiety of doctors because of all I have been through , icluding them almost killing me , putting me on seizure meds aprox 4 or 5 years ago that caused me gran mal seizures and was told I have a brain tumor , which was later discovered was an old injury and the meds were causing my seizures. Now you tell a doctor that and the name of the meds and thier like" thats seizure meds ",, Yep thats what I said :and it caused me severe seizures! ,, SO TELL ME IF THE DOCTOR S WONT LISTEN TO YOU HOW THE HECK DO YOU EVER GET TREATED CORRECTLY , YOU HAVE TO HAVE THE PAIN MEDS OR BLOW YOUR BRAINS OUT BUT THEY PUT U THROUGH SO MUCH BULL CRAP OVER AND OVER AGAIN , WHAT THE HECK IS LEFT , HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS ARE FAILING BECAUSE OF ALL THE UNNESSARY SO CALLED TREATMENTS AND TREATING EVERYONE ALIKE , THOUGH EVERYONE OF US ARE DIFFERENT . WE HAVE DIFFERNT GENES DONE DIFERENT WORK , LIFE DIFFERENT LIVES , WERE RAISED DIFFERENT IN DIFFERENT PLACE OF THE WORLD,,, HECK THE WATER ALONE WHEN YOU TRAVEL FROM STATE TO STATE CAN AFFECT YOU , SO WHERE THE HECK DOES THIS STOP,, i PRAY i CAN FIND FRIENDS HERE,, NO NE UNDERSTANDS A PERSON AND WHAT THEY ARE GOING THROUGH UNTIL THEY THEMSELVES HAVE LIVED IT OR DANG CLOSE TO IT ,,GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU !
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Old 12-13-2010, 09:53 PM   #5
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I had it done to my c-spine. After that 2 weeks of sooooo much pain. I thought my back was on fire. Now there is only numbness. The RFA did not work and now I've so much more pain. I was talked into doing this procedure and all I had before was coping pain but I got greedy and wanted all the pain gone.

Oh I wish, I had not done this. I'm in so much pain now including my neck. Why, why ? ? ?

Please, can anybody look up my first post from 12/13 I think ! ! I'm in pain and can not rewrite this again.

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This is an old thread and certainly no positive comments. A friend on another group is asking about this work for 2 of her relatives as they are contemplating it. Any new reviews to add. Thanks.
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