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woohoo...relief...now what?

swingsswing Posts: 6
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:44 AM in Spinal Injections
after my pitty party "poke and hope" thread from a couple weeks ago...i had 2 facet injections yesterday (S1/L4 i think) and today i feel better than i have in 8 months. obviously my facet was causing the problems, not the discs. i am scared to death that its going to come back any second so i am walking on egg shells and have my follow up in 2 weeks.

what are the next steps for those who have been through it? last time doc said if this works a rizotomy (sp?) is next? are there other options? it almost seems facet problems are worse than disc problems when it comes to long term solutions?

p.s. this site has been great, i appreciate all the wisdom learned here.


  • Yay!! I'm *so* glad you got relief, and that's awesome that you have definitely identified the pain source.

    There is a chance that the steroid in the injections could calm whatever inflammation is there and maybe the pain will stay away or will at least be reduced? I know some people are able to manage just getting cortisone injections to calm things down, but since you're limited to 3 per year it is usually not a viable long-term strategy if the pain returns. I had one done on the right side of my back that "stuck" for whatever reason and I haven't had any other trouble on my right side, so never say never :)

    The rhizotomy is the "long-term" solution, but that is of course not permanent. You could also ask your doctor if anti-inflammatory arthritis meds could help? I think it depends on what exactly is going on with the facet joints, and your doc should be able to tell you. I think the options are pretty limited, but the treatments are minimally invasive so that's great!
  • I'm so glad that the facet injections helped you. Isn't it nice to feel so much better?

    If your doc said that if this works then an RFA (radiofrequency ablation or rhizotomy) could be perfect for you. The nerves that the FJI helped would be burned and it can take up to 18 months for the nerves to grow back. So you might get some pretty significant relief. Like Lala said, you might even get the relief you need from the FJI you just received. That would be awesome.

    I totally understand how you feel about wondering if and when the pain will return, that's normal. Bu, try and have fun and live your life while you're pain-free and try not to worry about the future.

    Congratulations on the injections making you feel better and be sure to keep us posted. It's always nice to hear FJI success stories.

  • WOOHOO! Those danged facets are nasty things! My rhizotomy did relieve lots of random pains.
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