Thursday, August 20, 2009 Pete, Community Member, asks

Q: burning a nerve?

have you ever heard of a pain specialist burning a nerve for longer lasting pain relief.  Just the though of that scares me.  I've had a nerve cut on my left side for thorastic pain and I wish that was never done I don't sweat on my one side and I don't like it. Still left with pain.  I have degenerative arthiritis in my neck and a pinched nerve and bone spurs and am afraid to have surgery so I'm seeing a pain doctor but I've never heard about someone burning a nice. 


Thanks for any ideas or where I might look or who to talk with to research this more.


Peter Denos

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Tim McCanna, Community Member
10/16/09 6:23pm

Hello Pete,


I am going in for a test to see if burning my nerve at the facet (rear) of L5 is a viable option.  The procedure is called Radio Frequency Nerve Ablation or Radiography Ablation.  It used to be called Rhizotomy (sp?) and done using other methods for burning.


Good luck.


Tim McCanna

Pete, Community Member
10/16/09 9:50pm

thanks I choose not to do that.  I ended up having neck surgery and had 3 disks fused together and so far am having great results almost instantaneously.  I can turn my neck very good with less pain and have less tingling and pain in my neck and back area.  I had a nerve cut years ago for therastic outlet syndrom and I wish I could reverse that procedure.  Actually the Dr was not suppose to do it but decided to do so when he started the operation.  I'm not sure if burning the nerve would give the same results but I have no sweating totally on my left side because of that procedure and that to me is not normal.    You might be deal with something totally different than me I had o have C5, C6, and C6&7 fused and I'm really impressed.  I cannot believe I walked out of the hospital without a bandaid.  They go in through your front throat area and they use some kind of glue to close up the incesion so there is less scaring and even that looks great.   good luck to yourself hope you get the relief you are looking for.     Peter

riffsharon, Community Member
2/ 5/14 7:23am

Good morning Pete.I have had this procedure done a few years ago and i am going to have it done again,It takes 2 years for the nerve too grow back and the releafe is superb.I had suffered for 23 years at the point when i had it done,I am going to have mit done again,I suffer from the bburning in my right leg and there are time i am up for one or 2 nights from the burning,Infact i have been up since 3:00am this morning 2/5/2014,So i know it's time to have it done again,it hurts to have it done but the pain i went through to have it was well worth the out come.I have had 3 back surgerys now.Thw last one was in Aug of 2013 and it was the hardes of the 3 was at the T9-10.They had to colaps my lung and go behind the Heart,My whol spine has ruptures,The Thoracix eara is a mess from falling nueraus time,But any way I wih you luck and i hope it helps you as much as it did for me.

riffsharon, Community Member
2/ 5/14 7:37am

I'm am so sorry.Some of my words i didn't quite finish or left out letter.I have some pain meds in me Hydomophone so i am not thinking so great right now,Pluss being tired from the pain,Again sooy

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