Hi, I'm a newbie and have degenerative disc disease, I am 56 and have had niggling back pain since I was 50. Dr sent me away with "I have back pain too, if paracetemol and ibuprofen are good enough for me then that's all you need!" (he was a horrible locum GP who has never been back). I struggled on until April 2014 and went to an osteopath who gave me a biology lesson about discs, how good ones behave and bad ones bla-bla-bla..............I thought I may have had some massage? I have been to a private physio who gave me exercises that I can't do as it hurts and then in Nov 2014 another GP referred me for an X Ray - this showed up my squashed spine so referred to an orthopedic consultant ,who said it was DDD and nothing nasty - to do some Pilates and don't allow DDD to stop me doing anything, just take pain meds before and/or after and don't moan about any pain!
I have since been seeing a lovely lady GP who referred me to a chronic pain clinic. 9 days ago I had facet joint injections, the surgeon said I would/should feel 100% no pain 10 - 14 days after the procedure, but I am still really sore, the only pain-free time is in bed, so at least I'm getting a rest. Can anyone else share their experiences of facet joints please?