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spinal injections

I was severly injured in an oil field accident leaving me with broke pelvis all my ribs broke collapsed lungs L1-L5 spinal fusion laserated organs facial reconstruction etc. I have my first pain appt. On the 29th of this month as im very eager to start treatment hopefully subside some of this suffering ive heard a lot about spinal injections being non affective and dangerous if not done correctly im very optimistic scared and nervous of my fitst appointment my question is is it common to recomend spinal injections for spinal fusion patients or is that more for disc problems and people who havent had major surgerys? Has anyone with fusions been recomended injections at pain managment or u think ill jusy get pain meds? Im willing to try absolutly anything for relief but very scared of injections any relation to this topic would be greatly appreciated thanx
Life after DEATH


  • Welcome to Spine Health,
    As far as injections go, for some they do wonders in reducing the inflammation and pain, and for others not so much. They are recommended to most back pain patients simply to see if they will help reduce the inflammation and pain. The steroids and lidocaine used help to reduce swelling or inflammation over days weeks and for some months. It is usually done in groups or series of three injections, in the event the area is missed, or the injections didn't help, they tend to want to repeat those at least once more, to see if the repeat will offer any relief.
    There is a forum on Spine Health that deals with injections, and discusses the types done, benefits, and risks. You may want to take a look at it. You can find it in the treatment forums.
  • Injections help some and for others not so much. I just had two rounds of Facet Joint/Epidurals done. For about a month, I felt better than I have in a long time. But, all it took was two rounds of golf to put me back into pain.

    I'm afraid that I'm stuck with oral meds the rest of my life. Perhaps a pain pump later on down the line, but we will see.

    Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2
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