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lower facet arthritis pain

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,731
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:24 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello, I am a 58 years old male with facet arthritis in my lower left side L3 and L4 (MRI). Had injections on Friday, its a little better, but pain has been with me for 6 months.I am starting physical therapy this week.Doctor said a few days for shot to work. Any sugesstions for pain relief? I am a personal trainer, and doing my stretching 2 times a day.Its great to hear others peoples ideas, thanks.................Dan Faust
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  • Welcome to Spine Health!

    Do you know if you had facet blocks or did you have an epidural?

    I had almost instant relief from a facet block but it was only diagnostic so it only lasted a few hours. I had an epidural "once" and had a reaction to the steroids so I can't give you any good personal experience there. Most people say they have better relief from the epidural in about two weeks.

    Ice is what helped me. I would take those 4 X 9 ice packs and place them right over the area of pain and wrap a towel tightly around me to hold the ice pack in place. Worked like a champ.

    "C"
  • :H hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to off you support and answer what questions we can. i suffer from arthritis as you do. it can be very painful. ~X( you are doing alot of the right things. it will take few days for your injection to feel better. rest and ice may help with the swelling there. i walk and stretch every day to help with pain control.there are conservative measures which may help you. massage, acupuncture are a few you haven't tried. we have an "Arthritis" forum you might want to check out.take good care of yourself and i hope to see you around the forum. Jenny :)
  • I too suffer from facet arthritis. The best relief that I have found is a rhizotomy (nerve burn). It normally controls my pain for about 1 year and then I have it done again. You may want to ask your doc if you would be a candidate for this. Good luck and please keep us posted.
  • I agree with "painintheback". I found the best relief from rhizotomy. I have had several injections of steroid while waiting for the approval from my insurance company. Enough steroids that I was starting to get side effects from them, moon face, etc. I also went to PT, have a home exercise program that also helps plus medication. Also have a tens unit.
    I try to keep busy, exericse, walking, swimming, stationery bike, etc. I work all day sitting at a computer so I get very uncomfortable. Try to take frequent breaks and get up, move around. It is a tough thing to live with.
    My pain still is not 100% controlled.
    Good luck and welcome to spine health.
    OZ
  • I have the great arthur too! Seems some days everything aches no matter what I do. Celebrex helps some to keep down the inflammation.

    Find some anti-inflammatory to take, use heat and ice. A TENS unit helps too if you can get ahold of one of those. You might try a back brace to see if some immobilization helps with the pain or not.

  • I also use a good lumbosacral back brace that I got fitted for and it does help.
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