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Had Lumbar facet joints today.

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,670
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:32 AM in Spinal Injections
Hi all,
I had my lumbar facet joint injections today.
They did 2 shots one on each side of L3. I was a nervous wreck for no reason.
They did give me versed which I did not feel figures LoL
They got me on the table. I felt a slight pinch on one side, then they had me turn a bit and I felt another pinch.
They said ok time to get up. HUH??? WHAT?? , YOUR DONE?????
I FOR SURE thought it was going to be the burning of the numbing needle then alot of pressure just like the SI joint. NOPE!!!
The Dr said I have been doing these 15 yrs verses the other Dr who only has been doing them 5yrs. Wow what a difference it makes when someone is so experienced. I'm so ready for my cervical in 2 weeks!!

Question is. Has anyone else had a bruised/deep ache just crappy feeling after??
I was like this after my ESI for T1, but just my back felt beat up.
Nothing is touching it. I feel like I was hit by a mac truck and no one told me.
Any feedback is great.

Everyone enjoy their weekend



  • I've had 3 sets of fji's and always feel heavy and feel like I was hit by a truck also. Put ice. I haven't decided to go in for more I find them painful and although it does eventually feel better I don't know if there's any difference now. I wish I got sedation first. Actually the last time didn't seem to hurt as much one side and wondered if he went deep enough. I hope you feel better Terri. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Thanks so much Charry. I thought something might be wrong and I should call. Ya think they would explain this in the paper work. I mean it says possible increased pain. But I never had any pain in my legs etc.. So I was like Huh???
    Its such a deep horrid ache. I will do ice, but I think I will wrap up in the heating blanket to. Hard to ice both legs and bottom lol
    I was totally amazed at having no pain with the needles. Actually SHOCKED is more the word.. I'm used to taking 10mg of valium 3x's a day so I did not even feel the effects of the 2mg of versed she jabbed in my arm. I won't even need that next time, thats how FAB this Dr. is~~~~
    Hope your doing ok tonight.
    Terri <3
  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
    I hope your pain has eased off and that the injections start helping soon. Have a good evening.

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