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pain in my lower back dr says pinched nerve L4 S1 receiving first facet shoot on the 8th praying it will help has anyone had good results????
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@vickiet I have not had these injections. I know others who have and it helps. It takes time for them to work. Wishing you the best.
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I'm having my third injection today, the others have not helped. Dr is doing different medicines in the injection today, so I am praying this one works. I have bulging disc and arthritis in my lower back.
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vickiet, I had the shots in S1, L3, L4, &L5 and the results were wonderful, fantastic, magical!!! INSTANT pain relief!!! The discomfort from the injections was less than having one Flu shot. Total time was less than 10 minutes. I iced my back for 24 hours when I got home, as instructed, because everything was sore, but I'm sure we both know the difference between sore and pain. When I went for the follow-up 3 weeks later I asked my doctor if he had a medical degree, or is he had gone to New Orleans and learned Voodoo!!!! That was 6 weeks ago. I know it doesn't work for everyone, but I hope it does for you. If you're like me you've been walking hunched over so a word of caution. Because I was no longer in pain, I was able to stand up straight. I forgot that would change my sense of gravity and balance. So be careful until you get your equilibrium back. Good luck, vickiet. Please let me know how it goes. cognac01
Vicklet, Just like Cognac I also had success with facet shots in S1, L2,L3, L4 and L5. At least for awhile. It would offer me pain relief for 3 to 6 months at the beginning and then eventually they did not work anymore. About 5 years later I had to have major back surgery. I guess the surgery helped, somewhat. But the first fusion didn't take and 1 year after first surgery I had it redone. I then developed complex regional pain syndrome in my right foot and I now have excruciating pain and weakness in my right foot that is getting worse. Docs do not have any good answers for treatment of this.
So just be very aware of everything that can happen. Although many times, we don't really have any other choice. I wish you good luck with the shots!
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mrector, do you know what meds your doctor used? Mine used Lidocaine and Marcaine. @cognac
@cognac that's what he used on me. They also inject contrast dye to guide the injection with x-rays
I am going for my second round of shots on Monday. The first set only gave a half hour pain relief. After this next round my doc wants to do an ablation. Has anyone had this done? Did it work?
Yes, I went through the shots (no relief) and the ablation. None of it worked. I've had 3 back surgeries and now have developed idiopathic small fiber peripheral neuropathy. So now, in addition to back and neck pain, I have the electrical shock pain and the burning pain. Such fun! I have gotten some relief for the back and neck pain from The McKenzie Method of gentle stretches. You can find some videos on YouTube that will show you how to do the stretches. I hope you find some relief and that the shots and ablation will help you. I wanted to let you know about my experiences so you can make some comparisons. We all have to be pretty tough characters to be able to endure the pain – and the misunderstanding of the general public who think if they can't see anything, then there's nothing wrong with you… sigh
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@vneskorik Great post I have nerve problem in my upper legs from lower back ,L2fracture in 05 Ive forgotten about the McKenzie protocol I,ll have to get back to doing them again.My Dr is sending me to P.T so will talk with them too Thanks Warrior
This probably isn't a solution for you but years ago I would get such terrible pains in the lower back that I couldn't move an inch in bed without having horrific pain. It was like someone was stabbing me with an ice pick in my lower back. I could barely get out of the bed and it took me forever to just walk to any other room in the house. Doctors only offered relaxing and pain drugs which did nothing for the pain. Finally I read in a men's mag about stretching lower back muscles. So I laid on the floor and brought my knees up to my chest and did about ten reps and lo and behold the pain disappeared. It was like a miracle.
Apparently what was happening was when I exercised too hard the back muscles contract and put tremendous pressure on the spine and the nerves. With the above episode I knew exactly what I had done to cause this muscle tightness (over exercised in the gym). So stretching these muscles solves the problem. Now after any workout of work activity I always stretch this area and since then I've never had an attack again. Oh, by the way. The pain condition never occurred right after the physical workout but always about three or four days afterwards. Strange.
About ten years ago I started having pain issues in the knee and hip areas. I was convinced I needed replacements. The surgeon suggested physical therapy first which like the above was like a miracle. Same reason as above as the leg muscles are huge and can tighten and put a lot of strain on these two joints and cause pain. Now that I stretch on a routine basis this area of pain has also gone away.
Your back pain could be due to many other issues but you have nothing to lose in trying to get your muscular issues back to normal. Give it a try.
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