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I am thankful today that the final (most recent) technique employed, called a 'Radiofrequency Neurotomy', actually WORKED and I have been sleeping pain-free for almost 2 weeks now. This followed a long line of others over the last few years (physical therapy, pharmaceuticals (aka: drugs), steroid injections, traction, TENS unit, back brace, massage therapy, injections under anesthesia, etc...) for lumbar issues including: spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis, and facet syndrome all brought on by herniated/bulging discs, which resulted in lumbago and radiculopathy which are just fancy names for PAIN...the worst being when nerve pain struck my right leg, running from my lower back down my leg to my foot...and it intensified when I was lying flat, mainly in bed. I spent months of restlessness with miserable nerve pain but somehow, this technique seems to be working. The nerves are literally burned down -- and although they WILL regrow, I have a chance at a year or more of relief. The next step is surgery but hopefully that can be held off indefinitely...as long as there is no significant nerve damage occurring from the discs protruding into the nerves and I can get some relief without it, I will be able to avoid it. We're not sure how much the insurance will pay, and we were told these pain management techniques may stop being covered all together in the future...but for now, I can sleep comfortably, and for that, I am extremely grateful.
What gifts have you discovered today? Until next time,
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