Okay I have had Facet Joint Problems and Severe Muscle Spasms for 7months now. Heres My Experience of the Injection. I was Sched for 4 Facet Joint Injections 2 on each side. When Arriving the Anesthisiologist Recommended to try the Epidural Injection first because it Treats a Brode Area of the Back so I went with the Expert's Advice. She then explained it's not a Miracle Cure but it can SOMETIMES help with a Good Physical Therapy Program.
Okay Okay if It's Really not a Cure and it only sometimes Helps, What's all the Big Hype on Epidural Injections?? To me It was a Very Scary and Uncomfortable Experience. It's a Surgery without being Put to Sleep.
I was at the Hospital what seemed like Forever from 12-5. I had to Fast all morning without Food or Water and I was scheduled at 2:40 for my Injection. I was so hungry and and thirsty. They call you in for Prep and have you Undress into a Hospital Gown & Cap (except your underpants). THey then Put you in a Hospital Bed to Start an IV. They ask you Many Questions & then you Hafto Sign a Contract Regarding the Procedure. After about 1.5hrs they wheel your Bed in a Cold Operating Room 15 Min Prior to your Procedure, You Enter a Room with a Team of Medical Staff who ask you how your doing & if your comfortable. They then Transfer you to the Operating Bed to lie on your Stomach and put a Blood Pressure Band on that you hafto where for the next couple hrs so they can monitor your Blood Pressure. Finally your Dr. comes in and they Start your Procedure. You can't see what they're doing but you hear everything going on. To me it was much like a Real Operation without the Sleep Sedation and having to stay Overnight. The Pain not so Bad but a Strong Poke Stronger than a Shot or Blood Draw. When the Procedure is over they Transfer you back to the Other Bed and wheel your Bed back to the Recovery Room. You keep your Blood Pressure Band on & they continue to monitor you. Once your Okay and they Belive your okay they Offer you Juice and Crackers. They then Contact your Driver to have them sign Release Papers and to Bring the Car to the Front. They give you Care Instructions & then Transfer you to a Wheelchair and Wheel you to your waiting Driver for Pickup.(I'm still Starving but now with a Major Headache)
To me Really "It's not worth all the Drama just for something that "MIGHT WORK" for several Months at most!" I won't Ever Do it Again. It wasn't that it was Painful it's just EEERY and Depressing! My Pain Dr. called today & Said if this dosn't work & my Pain increases we might Try the Radiofrequency of Facet Joints or Rhizotomy. I think you hafto try this Approach first a Rhizotomy/Radiofrequency
"Today I am in a Little Pain but it's different." (sore & not as much Pain as Before) It may take a couple of days before the full Benefits occur but Still I won't go through this Ever Again! I wish Someone Explained just How long and Uncomfortable this Whole Experience Really Is..