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Facet Rhizotomy - 24 hours later - A MIRACLE!!

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:29 AM in Lower Back Pain
Well, it's only been 24 hours, since my rhizotomy on both facet joints at L4-L5. I have not needed the ice pack that was sent home w/ me from the hospital. I CERTAINLY felt the zapping, during the procedure, and there are seven needle holes. But, other than that, there is almost NO PAIN! This morning, I could feel a slight pain from one injection, and now that is gone. I am a little weak today, running out of breath easily. But, I'm sure that is due to the shock to my body. I'm glad I didn't read too many details about this procedure PRIOR to having it, cuz I have read some comments that the procedure did not work. That might have scared me from having it. I'm actually confused...when was the pain from the injections supposed to start? Why didn't I need the ice pack? Will this REALLY work for the next 1 - 2 years? So far, so good! If you want a pain doctor that was recommended by my sister (who is a chiropractor), Here you go: Dr. Uday Doctor (713) 790-1500. I wouldn't go to just any doctor, and he doesn't have a clue that I have placed his name here - just trying to do others a favor!


  • I am so glad that this procedure worked for you. Welcome to Spine Health. Was this your first procedure since having back pain. How long did you suffer with pain before you got treatment.

    It is so great to see the positive end to a procedure. Thank you for posting your success and hope this will help others that are getting ready to have this procedure feel more comfortable about having. I know there is a lot of negatives on here regarding the effectiveness of procedures. I chalk that up to the fact that those who had a successful procedure and are not in any or as much pain are out living there lives and not searching the net to find an solution to the pain.
  • About 20 yrs ago, I used to work on a farm. I did WAY too much physical work, for being a young woman (I'm 48 yrs old now). The low back pains started about 15 yrs ago. I received several injections in a herniated disc & right facet joint over the years. After lots of research, I decided to get the Charite ADR (artificial disc). This was about four years ago - GREAT choice! No more pain where the herniated disc was. Although, recently my lower left facet joint began to hurt - EXTREMELY bad. I have a Transitional Segment, and I'm SURE this is causing my facet joint problems. I had heard about rhizotomy's a few years ago, and decided to pass it by my Pain Specialist. Eventually, I made the apt. for this procedure. The terrible pain in both of my facet joints have vanished. It is so strange, that I don't even feel the injection areas. I have read that the nerves grow back, and some people get this once/year. Well, I'm willing, if that's what it takes to live a decent pain-free life!
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  • It sounds like you are doing a great job in researching your situations and procedures to provide you comfort so you can continue with your life. Working on a farm is hard work and very strenuos on your back. I just started a garden last year and it was tough tending to it while recovering from fusion. I would just sit down in the dirt and pull weeds that way lol.

    Continue to stay informed. You are doing a great job at being your own advocate and thats what we all need to do. I pray this procedure gives you comfort long term.
  • A few years ago, I paid someone to prepare a nice vegetable garden for me, and I planted & harvested. It almost lasted two years, before I decided it wasn't worth the pain of bending over to maintain. We did LOVE the fresh vegetables, but I didn't love the pain. So, now I choose hobbies that don't require bending. I bet you can relate!
  • Yes I can totally relate to what you are saying. My hobby is sitting in a reclined position on the couch or bed with my laptop in my lap and hanging out here at SH and helping others who are having chronic pain and trying to resume a some what normal spiney life.
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