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I am 23 and supposed to get a facet block tomorrow.

amanda62aamanda62 Posts: 1
edited 05/15/2015 - 10:32 PM in Spinal Injections
The fact that I'm getting the procedure is suddenly hitting me and I'm freaking out a little.

Basically, yes, I have a worse back than 95% of other 23 year olds.
I have mild arthritis, mild stenosis, anterior disc bulging, and mild DJD.

I experience pain when I push myself past my limits, such as working a 10 hour shift standing at a PT clinic I work at, or doing a hardcore form of exercise such as a bootcamp style workout or kickboxing. This pain can distract me from doing anything when it's at it's worst, which is not all the time by any means.

But wait...

I AM STILL ABLE TO RUN. I run anywhere between 3.5-6 miles at a time, a couple times a week. So obviously I am still functional to some degree.

So clearly, this pain isn't the most serious case, but is still limiting my life in ways that it should not for a 23 year old. The fact that I am getting injections into my spine tomorrow is freaking me out. I want opinions on here. Given the few, few things you know about me, am I too young? Is the doctor just trying to make money? My coworkers (who are PTs, but new to the field) say that it can only help me. But what about the side effects/etc? Is this worth it? Am I too young? I just want to hear opinions. I am unable to talk to the doctor at the moment but obviously plan to. Thanks everyone.



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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    It is very good you have a doctor who understand your spinal issues ....and has treatment plans for you.

    I have had several epidural injections, into the spine. My situation....some worked...some did not.

    But I belive treatments to be....trial...and try again. There is not a blanket plan effective on all. Each situation is so individual and each can respond differently to any treatment.

    I am not sure of your seemingly distrust of your doctor....." Does he just want my money".......
    From what you have written, it seems you have a doctor who has given thought to your age, conditions, and has treatment plans to help improve the quality of your life..and activities.

    In my case, I have found it more easy to trust my doctor and willing to try whatever he thought best. I think good communication is so important....as in telling doctor of how you feel.....increased pain.....less pain....what ever is going on.

    Although, it is not unusual to become anxious when something new is happening to our body......and esp. when we may feel our body is betraying us and it is out of our control.
    But we do have control ....in working with experts to manage our body..and there is a post on this site called...the blend.
    You may find it interesting as it speaks to ways of coping with the pain and other issues.

    The energy involved with being overly anxious would be best served in directing it to your pain control and complying with doctor for best quality of life. My opinion based on my experiences.

    As you spoke of your age....you will find there are many on this site that are young .....or younger than yourself.
    They may also respond to your post as they can relate with you...to the difficulties of spinal issues in youth.

    I wish you the very best of luck with your upcoming treatment! Please keep us posted on how you are doing.
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  • These injections have given me a huge amount of pain relief during specific pain flare-ups. The combination of immediate acting and long acting medications. They can smart a little bit, but ask if they can give you something to make you relax first.

    I'd recommend them!

    Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2
  • It sounds scary yes, and it will be painful, but only for a few moments. Keep the larger goal in sight and trust your physician. If it doesn't help, you can go back to the drawing board. But what he's doing is par for the course for conservative treatment. Good luck!
    2015: Thoracic protrusions C7-T1, T3-4, T6-8
    Dec'13: 360FusionL4-S1 w/bone graft
    2013: 3x2-level disc injections: 12mo surgery postponement
    Dec'12: DiscogramL4-S1
    Sep/Oct'12: Bi-lateral Rhizo AblationsL4- S1
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