Quick question - given how steroids can cause damage long term, how long can a person continue getting Facet Joint Injections before a fusion needs to be done? I'm asking to see how long most people went with getting the injections before having to move to a surgical repair.
I've had roughly 15-20 Facet Joint Injections (FJI) over the past several years along with a couple rounds of RFA. RFA did not provide me with relief. My last FJI was in the beginning of December. I'm already back to having considerable pain, can't stand long at all before having to sit and can't sleep well without medicating the crap out of myself. The last thing I want is more surgery, but I'm beginning to wonder if I am looking down the barrel of another fusion procedure.
Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2