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Pulsed Radio Frequency

After having spent 3 years going through all the meds Johns Hopkins had to offer, including Botox. My Dr. suggested I try Pulsed Radio Frequency treatments at their pain clinic.

I asked him what his experience with them was, and he told me he had sent hundreds of people with no complaints.

I decided to give it a try. All of my headaches are on the right side of my head and neck. I received my first treatment where they put needles in my neck in the greater and lesser occipital nerves about 3 years ago. I have had one total failure and the all had varying degrees of success. With that one exception all have improved my headaches. They have “raised the bar” where I get my headaches. For example, I used to have to wear sunglasses inside and out. Now I still need to wear them outside, but don’t need the inside.

I am surprised they have never been mentioned on this site.

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  • Katie M. Golden moderator
    5 years ago

    I’ve never heard of Pulsed Radio Frequency. I did a little bit of research and the idea behind it makes a lot of sense.
    Am I correct that they place needles (similar to acupuncture needles?) around nerves that send pain signals to block their ability to transmit pain?

    How long does the treatment take and how often do you do it?
    I’m really glad that you’re finding relief.

    For anyone else interested in reading more about it, here are 2 sources I read:

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