Facet Joint Injections - Anyone had success?

Posted by shellsk24 @shellsk24, Jun 20, 2016

I have just began a series of facet joint injections for chronic lower back pain, due to arthritis and degenerative spine disease. The injections start off small then they add more medication as we continue. I had the first injection 3 days ago. I was told it could take upto 5 days to start feeling the benefits of the injection. The injections (total 6 in L2-L6) hurt like heck, and I have not felt any change in my chronic pain as of yet which is quite depressing. I was so hopeful. I am told the first injection is with just a small amount of anti-inflammatory med, so it may or may not be sufficient. Has anyone else had these? If so what was your experience with the entire process? I’m just wondering if I should proceed.

@pines Thanks for the ice tip I use it most of times and heat at others. My back feels better as I did last night. The last time I saw a neurosurgeron for a bulging disc he did nothing and I had my MRI to show him . I never had back surgery . I probably should as I have nerve entrapment but so far am able to handle it . Have a good day

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I had some relief with the facet joint injections with a numbing agent. Will now be have a rhizotomy in the near future.

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@parus

I had some relief with the facet joint injections with a numbing agent. Will now be have a rhizotomy in the near future.

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Good Morning,
I am glad you had some relief.
Can you please tell us what 'rhizotomy' is?
Have a nice day!
Ronnie (GRANDMAr)

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I had facet joint injections in my lower back about 2 months ago. There were 4 needles on each side of my spine….suspect it was L3-S1. There was no conveyance from the doctor about the amount of steroids being used, thus, your comment about starting out with a smaller amount is not clear to me. The shots did help but not as much as I had hoped. I'm going back soon for either more facet joint types of injections or possibly something else if she decides that I should try. I can not imagine in doing this the rest of my life but the neurosurgeon said to keep trying for at least the next 3 months…….then he will review surgery options. I have some success in relieving my pain with a pill called Gabapenta……….intially I was on 600mg a day and there was no improvement. Now I am on 1200mg and it has helped. There are many people who take as much as 2400mg daily and this is not an opioid. Asl your doctor.

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@jforsy5903

I had facet joint injections in my lower back about 2 months ago. There were 4 needles on each side of my spine….suspect it was L3-S1. There was no conveyance from the doctor about the amount of steroids being used, thus, your comment about starting out with a smaller amount is not clear to me. The shots did help but not as much as I had hoped. I'm going back soon for either more facet joint types of injections or possibly something else if she decides that I should try. I can not imagine in doing this the rest of my life but the neurosurgeon said to keep trying for at least the next 3 months…….then he will review surgery options. I have some success in relieving my pain with a pill called Gabapenta……….intially I was on 600mg a day and there was no improvement. Now I am on 1200mg and it has helped. There are many people who take as much as 2400mg daily and this is not an opioid. Asl your doctor.

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@jforsy5903 Hi I'm glad to hear they help I too have had lots of facet injections over the years. The cortisone is only to be taking 3-4 times a year as it affects your kidneys So I look for other pain meds I,ll ask the Dr about the higher dose of gabapentin as the lower dose didn't help at all . Right now I'm going for a MRI as I did something to my back ,pain excrutiating . Thanks for the reply about the med.

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Wishing you the best of luck………please check with your pain management doctor who did your last facet joint injection for I believe they are now using a steroid in lieu of cortisone ………and maybe you can go more than quarterly if necessary……………….please ice your back to help with the pain!!

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@jforsy5903

Wishing you the best of luck………please check with your pain management doctor who did your last facet joint injection for I believe they are now using a steroid in lieu of cortisone ………and maybe you can go more than quarterly if necessary……………….please ice your back to help with the pain!!

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@jforsy5903 I am icing my back just had a MRI on table for 45min. on my back could hardly walk when I got of. Hope to hear from Dr. by Fri. .You take care of your back also

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