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.

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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.

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! 🙂

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?

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

I have had 2 so far and they didn’t last long. I’m so tired of being in pain all the time and guess the Doctors don’t feel I need anything for the pain so I have to suffer until it goes away for awhile.

@medic7054

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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What type of diagnosis do you have that nerve ablations work?

@medic7054

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 have AK and oesteoarthritis

Hi, I had my first injections about a month ago -S1/L5. While my bum was numb from the Lidacaine for about two days, the clawing pain that I felt down both legs stopped and has yet to return.
I am very interested in learning if anyone has tried plasma treatment which is offered by clinics that do stem cell injection. It is supposed to be less costly, and I learned from the Mother of the Groom at a recent wedding in Africa that she has been having her destroyed neck and lower back treated with plasma injections which takes away her pain for up to a year! When my back pain returns that will be the route I am going to try.
Regards,
RobbinR

Hi I have been getting facet joint injections for about 3 years now but mine are in my neck. For me these injections work really well giving me pain relief for 8-9 months. My first injections lasted about 4 months, the second injections lasted 6 months and now they are up to nine months. They are a game changer for me allowing me to have a good quality of life.

Sorry sent before I was done. My pain doc said that I was lucky that they have worked so well for me as that is not always the case which I can see from the comments. I am sorry that yours have not worked good and hope that you find a solution that helps give you relief from your pain. I know it sucks to be in pain all the time.

@lyssia

Hi I have been getting facet joint injections for about 3 years now but mine are in my neck. For me these injections work really well giving me pain relief for 8-9 months. My first injections lasted about 4 months, the second injections lasted 6 months and now they are up to nine months. They are a game changer for me allowing me to have a good quality of life.

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Do you know what the use in the injection? I asked my Pain Dr about them and he said they only used lidocaine and they used it diagnostically. He said because of that they wouldn’t last. I’m wondering if your doctor uses Cortizone.

Hi @jenapower yes my injections are a steroid type but I am not sure the name of the drug. My doc is also an anesthesiologist and pain management doctor. When I had the first injections he said that if I get relief from them we will know that it is the facet joints that are causing my pain and I did get total relief. Since I only need to get the injections approximately once a year my doc said that it would be okay to continue with them if that is what I wanted to do. I don’t know if the Radio Frequency Ablation would give me much more relief time than what I get from the injections.

@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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I went through a series of epidural shots and facet injections many years ago for my cervical spine and nerve compression. Fortunately, I was insured. I continued to receive the shots despite receiving no benefit or relief since the doctor insisted that it would take a while for the injections to work. The last facet shot was extremely painful, more so than the other shots, and left me with a pain in my neck which has never gone away. I decided that, for me, the shots were not beneficial, just costly and time-consuming. After running into other patients who went through the same thing, it seemed as though only the doctor’s bank account was benefitting from this treatment.

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