Hi Everybody, (facet joint injection results)
I am new here, but have been reading the forums for months. (Hopefully, this is in the right place!)
I am a 27 y.o. female, non-smoker, healthy, smaller to average build, high pain& med tolerance, and I (THINK) I hurt my back doing an intense circuit of mountain climbers, regular push-ups, and burpees around June of this year. My back is very flexible--I am easily able to do a human pretzel without stretching or a back bend. I figured I pulled a muscle because these were movements that I did often, but as time progressed, I realize that I was hurting more and with everyday activities. In August, my lower back--sometimes radiating beginning on my left side--would ache and feel pain while standing for more than 15-minutes, sitting for more than 30 or 45, doing the dishes, anything active. Often, the pain would be in my lower back and my muscles in my upper back would start to strain and cause me pain. This is the best way I know how to describe it. My parents both have "bad backs" that have given them trouble over the years, but not until they were much older than 27. I figured if I had inherited the bad back genes, it wouldn't just show up suddenly...right?
Last week, I finally had L3-4 and L5 facet joint injections on my left side after pain for months, stopping excersizing, months of PT, a ton of Motrin, and sometimes muscle relaxers. My MRI showed mild inflammation in L3,4,5,& SI, but the physiatrist and ortho surgeon said everything looked like normal "wear and tear"--other than that, aside from the fact that I have slight scoliosis (left side taller than right). I had only local anesthesia with my injections. My lower back has been pain free since then, but my upper back muscles are spasming more than ever before. I'm not sure if this is a healing process or side effect or if it's even common? I've also noticed that after the inflammation mess and steroids in the injection, I have been super irritable along with the muscle spasms. I have a follow up 12/1.
Anyone's stories & similar experiences would be enormously appreciated!