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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:31 AM in Spinal Injections
Hi Everyone my name is Amanda and for the last 7 years I have been living with a chronic pain condition called pelvic instability (AKA Symphasis Pubic disorder because of the strain on my pelvis I have now caused problems with my back, and I get acute lower back pain, with pain radiating down my legs, I believe it to be the sacroiliac joint as it goes hand in hand with the Symphasis Pubic (don’t they make a Lovely couple (!))
My pain specialist has suggested I have bilateral Facet joint injections to L4/5, L5/S1 an anyone tell me if this would be worth doing? How long will it last? And what are the risks? any info would be great my pain clinic doctor is a waste of space really, he only speaks to my husband and asks him how and where my pain is the last time I went I went alone and he offered me the injections, I told him I wanted first to get some more info, lo and behold 4 weeks later I have an appointment to get them!

Any help appreciated

Also please excuse my typonese I just wanted to get everything typed down lol


  • The injections are like any other form of treatment, everyone responds to them in different ways. For some they are an incredible blessing, for others they are a waste of time and prolong the pain. I always take the approach of "what have I got to lose vs what can I potentially gain". I weigh my feelings against that and then I make my decision.

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  • I've had facet joint injections and found that helped me have better movement. My back used to lock up before them. I've had 3 sets of them. I needed to take a pain pill 1 hour before and a sedative. They're still working for me being the last ones were April 8th. And 2 weeks after the other ones. My back still feels better but I still have disabling pain even after the 5 epidurals and 3 sets of facet joint injections. I didn't have any complications from them other than they weren't without pain but no worse than the pain I had getting out of bed each morning. Since surgery isn't an option for me yet I tried anything that would help lessen the pain. I would look for another PM Dr to get a 2nd opinion if you're unsure. I've been to 2 PM Drs. and the 2nd one found that facet joint injections were in keeping with the findings of bilateral facet arthropy shown on the MRI. THe 1st PM Dr. gave me 64 trigger point injections and I found they weren't worth the pain 64 injections in 8 weeks outrageous. Good luck with your decision. 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
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  • I had the facet joint injections, the first one really did nothing the second seemed to make it worse and the third helped for 2 days. So it really did not help me, but like charry said everyone is different and it does work for some people.
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