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SI Joint RFA

After 5 years of unsuccessful treatments, I finally found a Doctor that could give me some answers. He did some diagnostic injections and then decided the best course of treatment would be RFA. That was done a little over a week ago. I was under a mild anesthesia, as they wanted to be able to communicate with me during the procedure, came home more sore than I have ever felt, and although the pain has somewhat subsided, I am still in pain more than I am used to. I don't have my follow up until the end of next week. I don't like taking pain meds as it just makes me more tired. The anti-

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Radiofrequency Neurotomy for Facet and Sacroiliac Joint Pain

A radiofrequency neurotomy can be a good pain management option for patients who have not found facet or sacroiliac joint pain relief using other treatments.
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Radiofrequency Ablation - SI Joint Pain Dysfunction Treatment

Radiofrequency ablation is an option for SI joint pain. Talk to a doctor to learn more.
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Radiofrequency ablation for sacroiliac joint pain ...

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The Role of Radiofrequency Ablation for Sacroiliac Joint Pain ...

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) has become an option for those with chronic or refractory sacroiliac (SI) joint pain. The purpose of this critical review is to assess ...
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Radiofrequency Ablation - Facet and SI Joint Treatment

Radiofrequency ablation, commonly referred to as RFA, is an effective long-term treatment for mechanical neck and low back pain due to joint inflammation.
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Radiofrequency Ablation – Sacroiliac Joint Pain

Sacroiliac Joint Pain; ... Sacral lateral branch block (SLBB), which is a diagnostic block, followed by Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of the SI joints.
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Radiofrequency Ablation for Arthritis Back, Neck, and Joint Pain

Radiofrequency ablation (or RFA) is a procedure used to reduce pain. An electrical current produced by a radio wave is used to heat up a small area of nerve tissue ...
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Radiofrequency Treatment in Chronic Pain

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) in the treatment of chronic pain, especially chronic back pain. ... Multiple methods have been prescribed to denervate the SI joint, ...
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Radiofrequency Ablation

Sacroiliac Joint (SI) Disease; ... (RFA) with great success ... Dr. Ashraf Hanna and guest Janet Helms discuss how radiofrequency ablation is helping patients with ...
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Ultrasound-guided Sacroiliac Joint Radiofrequency Ablation: A ...

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SI Joint RFA

Hi! I am sorry to hear about your medical problems. After RFA the pain and sensations may remain for 10-14 days. Physical therapy should be started only after pain subsides substantially. Thereafter strengthening the muscles and ligaments around the pain area helps reduce the pain. Please discuss the best course with your doctor. Take care! The medical advice given should not be considered a substitute for medical care provided by a doctor who can examine you. The advice may not be completely correct for you as the doctor cannot examine you and does not know your complete medical history. Hence this reply to your post should only be considered as a guiding line and you must consult your doctor at the earliest for your medical problem.
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Radio Frequency Ablation

I had the same procedure and I hurt worse after to the point i could hardly walk and it lasted 3 months it did help that I told the pain management doc that did it how bad it was and it did help when he gave me a steriod shot to help it but the procedure only helped for a couple months after it got better. I also used a heating pad and it helped. I as well lost sensation in some parts of my behind I got it in my lower back.
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Severe joint pain with no lumps or swelling?

HI, How are you? How was your follow-up with your doctor and what diagnostic tests were done?  Joint pain can be caused by a variety of issues such as injury, autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, bursitis, gout, osteoarthritis, tendinitis, or from infections caused by a virus. Additional diagnostic tests may need to be done to determine the underlying issue. Take care and do keep us posted.
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Painful joints & fatigue

This could very well be related to the Lyme Disease.  I hope you will get into the doctor soon.  Lyme, autoimmune diseases and other conditions have very similar symptoms but the way you treat them varies greatly.  I can say I can relate to a lot of what you wrote and I have multiple AI conditions but I have a friend who got mono and suffered similar symptoms too.  That is why I am encouraging you to see a doctor, only they can tell what is truly going on.  Please keep us posted.
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Joint Pain

Hmmmm, you are perplexing, aren't you?  But then you came to the right place because many of us were perplexing too.  :) Now for the questions.  Have they tested you for any vitamin deficiencies or diabetes?  Do you have a family member living or deceased who suffered from an ailment or disease? Are you seeing a rheumatologist?  Do you have any other symptoms that you think are not related but are odd none the less?  For example, do you have any symptoms related to your finger nails or skin?   We will try to help you in your quest for a diagnosis and in any way we can as you travel this road.  Big key is persistence.  Next big hint is to not get too attached to a doctor until you feel they are listening to and working with you.  Gotta find a doctor who really takes an interest in your case and the challenge your symptoms present!
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Joint pain at 27 years old.

Ask your dr about Palindromic Rheumatism. It sounds awfully like this and bloodwork usually comes back negative, as do xrays. The hallmark is  the migrating pain to different points, negative bloodwork and xrays and episodes of pain with relatively pain free periods in between.
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elevated ANA and joint pain following transplant

You are on the exact right track and should definitely get a second opinion especially because you are already immunosupressed because of your transplant.  You may find you have to get a third or fourth opinion.  Something is happening and it needs to be diagnosed and treated.  Your medical history may present additional challenges in getting diagnosed so be persistent.  Find a doctor who is interested in your case, up for the challenge and is not afraid to open books or consult with other physicians.  Please let us know what you find out!
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Joint pain, dry eyes, restlessness, hair loss, headaches, pain sensitivity....

I was just wondering if the blood work included a vitamin panel? Low magnesium can cause the migraines/headaches. You may need more than the amount in a multi-vitamin. Red_Star had an excellent post about magnesium to someone else. Well worth reading, don't remember which one but you should be able to find it  here easily. Low Vitamin D3 can cause a lot of the other symptoms. You should be taking a D3 every day in the amount of 5,000 IU. Your D3 level should be between 50 and 70 ml. to be in the "optimal level" for your health. Lots more info on D3 and medical conditions at Do you take a chrondition/glucosamine pill?  That can really help with joint pain and fluid in the joints.  Dry eyes can be helped with an over the counter drops twice a day.  Do you drink water? You do need to have at least 8 glasses a day, maybe more depending on your area, amount of exercise ect. Most of these OTC items are available at Costco, Walmart etc or your local "big box" store.  Just some thoughts, other people with other info will be helpful too. Good luck, Elbamom
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Sudden onset Joint pain

School just started ... could there be any connection between your idiopathic symptoms and the pressures of a new school year?
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