I got a call from the anesthesiologist who did my ESI (he specializes in spine problems)and he said that my facet joints all look good, except L3-L4. He said that there is fluid in them, but not to the degree he had suspected. We were hoping it would be glaringly obvious that that was the problem causing the pain in my legs. He said that we should go ahead and try the facet joint injection, but that he isn't as optimistic as he would be if the facet were brightly lit up. I am so frustrated and discouraged. If this doesn't work, then it is most likely a disc problem and the doc said that not much can be done. I have been just hoping we were going to find an answer and I would finally get some relief from this pain. I have had back pain for years and have managed that, but I can't imagine having this leg pain forever. I am afraid this is a progression. Does anyone have any other ideas what could be going on? Are there any other tests they haven't done? I know no one is a doc here, but any ideas?
My GP doc is getting concerned about the pain meds she has me on (hydro 10/325 every 4-6 hours), because we both thought it would be short term. The facet injections are going to be 3-4 weeks from now.
Thanks, and sorry for the long post, I just feel so discouraged.