Hi all, I just returned from a trip to a major medical center to have the radio-frequency denervation ("nerve ablation") done on my right SI joint. This was the third time for me since 2007 on my right SI joint. Today I feel great thanks to the use of cortisone during the process. I will know my true results in about 3-4 weeks. This has helped me greatly in the past for at least a year at a time. The problem is, they can't keep doing this for forever. In fact, this might be my last time. I'm not sure and was too afraid to even ask. I spoke with them about the possibility of using a spinal cord stimulator and they said this was not used for SI pain as it does not cover that particular type of joint/inflammatory pain.
But for now I am doing well. I am finally rid of that throbbing, aching and pulling sensation on my right side that I have had on a constant basis (again) since March of this year. I am still woosey-headed from all the meds they used during the procedure but I am planning to return to work on Monday. I still have intermittent pain in the left SI and bursitis in both hips. I return in July and will likely have injections in the hips for bursitis. I decided to post on my recovery from this in case others are considering the radio-frequency intervention. I do highly recommend it but only at a place where they do a lot of them and are well-trained.
Best wishes to all.