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.

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.

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@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?

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@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

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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

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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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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.

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@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.

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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.

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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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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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@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 have had 2 shots also and found no relief either so not doing them anymore what’s the point

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Have had at least 20 over many years. Never helped one single bit. Nobody I've ever talked to have they helped. In my opinion, it's a money maker for doctors; they don't make much on just office call versus $1,000 for injection, that's why they push for injections.

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I just had 6 today. C3-c7. We will see. They were very painful. I don't know if I was rushed. Or not numb. They didn't observe me after either. I got off the bed at 956 and was out the door by 10 12. I have a pain tolerance but it was very bad….was this your experience

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