Hello, I am new here and just had RFA for L4/L5/S1 two days ago.
I was not awake for the procedure. Got home, did the ice and meds as instructed. My back felt like I had been kicked by a horse, but really not terrible. It is still tender, but I have not had any other discomfort, or the feeling of burning. If I feel anything, it is a tad itchy, which could be from the adhesive on the bandage over the sites. Ok, so not exactly NO discomfort, but much,less than I expected.
My question: has anyone NOT had the 'sunburn feeling' or terrible pain after RFA? I have done a search, read articles, looked on the web, to no avail. I can't find anything on NOT having post-RFA pain. Or will it start at some point? I expect by now that the lidocaine or whatever was used for local numbing meds would have worn off by now, some 2.5 days after the procedure.
I certainly know each person is different, but has anyone had a similar experience? I will be calling my doctor on Monday to update and ask questions. I am scheduled for my right side in two weeks.
Thanks for any info you can share.
And yes, I have read the Intro and FAQs pages. :-)