I had a radiofrequency ablation six days ago (on my L4-L5, I believe -- mid-back). All was fine, if a little sore, for two days, until I had to get back into my normal routine. I did some light cleaning and shortly after, began feeling sharp pinching in my spine and sharp, stabbing pain from the area on my spine where the procedure was done all the way out to my right side. It's now migrating into my rib area on the front of my body. It gets worse and worse as the day goes on and becomes worse with each passing day, although I limit my movement as much as possible. It now hurts just to breathe. I cannot shower or brush my teeth because I end up crying from the pain. It's completely relentless and only abates for as long as I can sleep or if I lie completely still in one particular position and try not to breathe deeply.
My surgeon told me when I called that severe pain was normal and that I could use lidocaine patches and ibuprofen to cope. Neither even touches the pain. It seems like ice at least distracts me from it, but I can still feel the pain underneath the cold of the ice.
I've had gallstones and kidney infections, multiple surgeries, back injuries and sprained ankles, pancreatitis -- only the pancreatitis was worse than this.
Has anyone ever had pain this severe after an ablation? Can anyone tell me that it will go away? Or could it be permanent? I am desperate for reassurance. If I had known it could be this bad, I never would have gotten the procedure. I was told to expect a little soreness, not a complete loss of any quality of life.
I could live with the pain before the procedure and still go about my life and hobbies carefully. I cannot live with this. I'm truly terrified. I'm only in my 20s.
Please, any experiences would be much appreciated.