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.

@shellsk24

Had my second round of facet injections last week. It’s been 5 days and still no relief. I guess its safe to say I was not a good candidate for the injections. Continuing with the injections after 2 rounds with no relief seems pointless, not to mention costly. Glad to know it worked for others though. 🙂

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medic7054 You are lucky to have such a good friend. Is there any way to tell what states have laws like this? I never thought of this. I drive all the time, but since I have used my pain medication for years I feel that I can adjust for it, so far no accidents or tickets for many years. If this is true in many states it will make pain control harder and life more difficult for many pain suffers.. Opioids are not the best pain control, but for some they work. In fact my sciatic pain which usually comes as shooting pains that cause me to jump are in my opinion more dangerous if I am driving, however if I feel an attack coming on I do not drive, nor do I drive if I feel I can not control things well due to new medication.. If many states have these kinds of laws there are many people who could be in trouble. From my point of view this adds more problems for pain suffers who maintain control, but may not be able to pass a blood test. I could not walk a straight line even if I had no drugs in my system since I am missing a leg and I kind of wabble when I walk in all circumstances. 🙂 I woulld like to know if there is a way to check which states have strict standards? 19lin

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@shellsk24

Had my second round of facet injections last week. It’s been 5 days and still no relief. I guess its safe to say I was not a good candidate for the injections. Continuing with the injections after 2 rounds with no relief seems pointless, not to mention costly. Glad to know it worked for others though. 🙂

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All states have basically the same DWI laws. When driving with narcotics onboard you are running the risk. No, lets say you had an accident and the other party was either seriously injured or killed, you would be held liable when they tested your blood and found narcotics. I was lucky.

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My doctor was very hopeful but they didn’t work for me but I sure wish you good luck.

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The doctor told me epidermal injection would help me and should take care of my back and legs. It helped for about a week and now back to where I was before the shot. I’m in pain every day what else can I do besides this injection.

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@kajensen

The doctor told me epidermal injection would help me and should take care of my back and legs. It helped for about a week and now back to where I was before the shot. I’m in pain every day what else can I do besides this injection.

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I wish I had a magic wand to wave over you (and myself too, for that matter). But all you can do – and I think this is VERY important – is to go back to your doc and KEEP going back to your doc until he comes up with something that works or refers you to someone else who can help you.

If you get frustrated and give up (and I understand the temptation ) it will NEVER get better. But if you keep coming back and coming back and insisting your doc find a solution he will be VERY motivated to find it b/c he’ll get VERY tired of hearing from you. Remember, it’s the SQUEAKY wheel that gets oiled.

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@kajensen

The doctor told me epidermal injection would help me and should take care of my back and legs. It helped for about a week and now back to where I was before the shot. I’m in pain every day what else can I do besides this injection.

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I have had epidural injections as well. Did your doctor tell you that you may need more than one shot to obtain any relief? My former pain relief doctor was an anesthesiologist and provided me with the full scope of expectations. I had minimal relief with the first injection but had great relief with the second. I would talk to your doctor.

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@kajensen

The doctor told me epidermal injection would help me and should take care of my back and legs. It helped for about a week and now back to where I was before the shot. I’m in pain every day what else can I do besides this injection.

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I had I forget how many injections at a time and had at least 2 rounds. For whatever reason they just didn’t work for me. I’m getting some relief with manipulation. Apparently i have a muscle running along side my spine whose name I keep forgetting) that continually knots up and causes my pain. What causes it to knot in the first place is a mystery so I don’t know how to prevent it. Massaging out the knots works, but they just come back the next day. We are strengthening my core, but, so far, that hasn’t helped either.

I’m too young for a wheelchair – in my opinion – so I keep fighting, but it is very hard.

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I’ve had 1 round of the injections (total 3) and 1 radio-frequency ablation on 1 side. The ablation (about 3 weeks ago) seems to have helped. I’m told that I will need to go back and do to the other side for complete relief. The good thing is that as the nerves continue to die the pain will be eliminated (HOPEFULLY). It is VERY hard to maintain a normal lifestyle while trying to cope with this chronic excruciating pain. The opiods only dull it, and i’m actually tired of taking them, but it’s my only brief relief, so that I can sleep. I’m truly hoping the ablation on the other side will be my save-all. Fingers crossed! 🙂

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I had several rounds of ablations in my neck. I received total/permanent relief. One must understand that the nerves will “grow back” early on so repeated ablations are necessary. My neck required 5 rounds before the nerves finally gave up and quit regenerating. good luck

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I’ve had several facet injections over the past 7 years. Sometimes I had really good results other times not. The problem I have with them is they don’t last long enough.
I’ve often wondered what the long term outcome is of having all that”stuff” injected into my body, as it is a foreign substance. I’m afraid to refuse getting them because it’s a workman comp case. Anyhoo, that’s a different discussion.
Best of luck with your injection. I hope it works for you.

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@sandytoes14

Hello, I have had facet injections and medial branch blocks done on C 4-7 without any success. I did have cervical (spine) epidurals for over a 4 year period that worked well. The pain in my neck was greatly reduced. In my lumbar spine, I had RFA, radio frequency ablation done and that was very successful.

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@shellsk24 I was wondering if you had RFA done and if so was it successful?

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I’ve had a series of these. They help me for a few weeks

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