I work in health care consulting - here's what I found on radioactive frequency:
Radiofrequency Nerve Destruction. Radiofrequencies are being used to destroy nerves involved in the facet joints (or z-joints), which connect the vertebrae. Evidence is still weak on its benefits. A 2003 analysis suggested that it may be beneficial, however, for relief of neck pain and possibly for low back pain caused by problems in the facets joints. Serious infections have been reported with this treatment, however.
Have you talked to your doctor about artifical disk replacement? Basically, the way they replace hips and knees, they can replace disks in the spine...definitely a better option than fusing the thoracic spine...I'll keep posting whatever I can find.
Stay strong, dear.
Yep, apparently disk replacement is not an option for me. 10 yrs or so ago, there were only 5 qualified thoracic surgeons in Utah that could perform the surgery I needed. I saw 4 of them and 1 saw my records and didn't even waste my time. They all agreed I HAD to have surgery, but none of them were willing to touch me. Thanks to my ex-hole, I didn't have the support I needed to have surgery out of state.
I'd pretty much learned to live w/ it until I was in a head on collision a yr ago, broke my leg in 2 places and hand. Of course, I had to have surgery and screws put in on all breaks. This forced me to go to my Neurosurgeon and have an IME.
I left my Neurosurgeon's office crying because he had once told me I had 'one pissed off spine' and when I reached a point where I came to see him saying to either 'shoot me or perform surgery', he'd finally do surgery since he didn't have a license for a gun - after this accident, he told me I was now way out of his league. This was one cocky, hot Neurosurgeon admitting defeat?
It's 3:35 am and I'm awake w/ pain. I'm just tired.
Thank you, everyone, for your suggestions and information. It will take me some time, but I'm open to anything. I just hope no one figures their time and attention or positive thoughts and prayers are going unnoticed.
Amola, I'm so glad you've found some relief. I have a friend that had a hip replacement and so I know having surgery is not the cure-all...the limitations you have must be hard given the ages of your kids. Hang in there...you are a force to be reckoned with.