RFA Questions

I am 33 years old and had a L4/L5 fusion Sept 2017.  After my fusion, I immediately started to notice SI Joint pain, and was diagnosed as having SI Joint Dysfunction.  I've since had MRIs and they show nothing out of the ordinary, which is frustrating.  Anyway, after physical therapy, chiropractor, consult with an orthopedic specialist, my doctor performed Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) on the right 4/30, and left 5/7.  I was wondering when i might start feeling some relief.

I think it was performed on the L5 Dorsal Ramus, S1, S2, and S3. 

I have conflicting sensations right now - I feel numb in some regards, but also an increase in pain in other regards. 

I am just so ready to feel some improvement.  Dealing with depression and I think a big part of it is always being in pain.




  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 3,409


    I am so sorry you have not felt any relief from the RFA. You should have felt it almost immediately. Have you notified your doctor that you are still in pain? That would be my next move in trying to feel better.
    A lot of us keep pain journals. A new page every day, of how and when the pain is worse, standing sitting, walking. Or when it is better. This gives your doctor something to look at like a pattern.

    At the end of the day, the last thing you write is 3 things you are thankful for. It will at least put a smile on your face, even for a moment. Later on go back and read them, you will be amazed.

    Take care and keep us posted.

  •   I agree with what memerainbolt said. I've had rfa 2x so far on my left side. Just had the second one April 24th and within a day or so I felt relief..those 2 days were that I was mainly tender were they put the probes..its been the best treatment so far for my si joint dysfunction.  I would let your doctor know right away it didnt they may make you wait a week or so more just incase it kicks in..

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  • Jerome001Jerome001 Cocoa Beach, FloridaPosts: 259

    I had several RFA treatments over the years but did not have any pain relief. I imagine relief has as much to do with its placement as with the procedure. I know a lot of people get amazing relief from the treatment while others do not. I am not aware of how often  you can have RFA but maybe you can have them repeated?

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