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facet blocks

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in Spinal Injections
I am having several facet blocks done in the morning. The doc did not give me any special instructions-is there something I should do to prepare? can I drive home? Anyone have success/failure with them? I am 14 weeks post op (lumbar TLIF-read my signature)-I am havign them on my cervical and thoracic spine. Thanks!


  • Usually with any injections they usually ask you to have someone else drive. But in my PM Dr. office, one man said he was going to drive himself home but I think he had an epidural. I haven't had facet blocks but I had nerve blocks trigger therapy and I could've driven. Maybe someone else could help answer this. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Do not drive after injection, get home and lay down for at least 4-8 hours.

    if they don't work try lidacane infusions
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  • I called the doc to make sure and they told me that I would be fine to drive myself home! All that I have read on the web says you must have someone with you. At any rate-my husband will be at work so I will HAVE to take myself there and back! I hope it turns out ok! Thanks!
  • Good luck tomorrow! Also, are you not on pain meds by choice or because your doc won't RX? I was just curious, since you aren't very far out from your surgery... Wasn't it just in August? My NS was still prescribing for me for 6 months, so I am assuming by choice? What is your secret? LOL! :)
  • I can not take pain meds becuase they make me throw up! THe docs always try to 'push" them on me but I refuse them for that reason...PLUS..I am a mother-I can not afford to be knocked out. My surgery was aug 5th-the first couple of days were TORRMENT (I only took OTC tylenol!)-then the next couple of weeks were really hard-but manageable. After a month...I was just barely sore-I did not even need tylenol that much at that point. That is where I am today-just kinda sore. I can feel the hardware when I am laying down or siting back in a chair (I asked the doc and he said that I WAS feeling the hardware..I was thinking it was in my head!) My secret??? Not sure. I followed docs orders....for 6 weeks I ONLY walked and layed down. I walk about 1 hour a day. I wore my brace ALL the time except when laying flat (even in the shower!) for the first 12 weeks! I am finally out of it -Thank God! Oh! and lots and lots of prayer!!! Sorry to hear that you are still in pain! :( What did you have done?
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