I have gotten ESI's, facet injections and trigger point injections for approximately 5 years for my cervical area. They dont do the trigger point injections anymore and have not gotten any facet joint injections since my ACDF in May last year. I am niw on my second round of ESI since the surgery (injection 4 out of 6), since I still suffer from the nerve damage to one of my arms.
For how many years can they keep on doing this? I have gotten the max dose every year (6 injections). At my last appt now, the doc started talking about a spinal cord stimulator. Are there known long term effects to the ESI's? I have heard of scar tissue build up and brittle bones around the area as well as weakend ligaments, tendons? When is enough enough?
Anyone have found a reason to stop the inections from side effects? When my nerve flares up, injections can help 2-3 months but I always need 3 of them. Seems like short term relief for soo much steroids in my spine? On the other hand, rest and meds only will not calm down the flares. I had great luck with a rizotomy one year, where I had relief for about 5-6 months.
Whats your personal experience with this?
Cause: car accident & genetics
Effect: herniations C4-7, stenosis, osteoarthritis, myelopathy, neuropathy
Non-invasive Treatment: everything under the sun
Invasive Treatment: 2 level ACDF, C5 & C6, May 2012
Moving Forward: SCS