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Facet injections & Nerve block- how does it feel when it WORKS?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,550
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:31 AM in Spinal Injections
Okay, almost 5 days after first Cervical Facet injections and Occipital Nerve Block, I'm not going to take meds today to feel and document what is going on.
I really think that the injections were right on b/c they hurt like hell right at the source of that issue. I've read that if they did work, I'll be relieved, but does that mean MOSTLY relieved with a little of the same pain here and there, or totally relieved unless or until it wears off?
Also, I have faith in this procedure, but I'm willing to do it again to really get this fixed.
How will I know if I need another round?
Thanks for any input!


  • i had a nerve root injection after herniated l5S1 - it hurt like hell and i said i would give birth to ten more kids before i ever did that again. For me , surgery was my only option.

    That being said, I had 6 facet joint injections in March and they lasted for only a month and i had lots of side effects. However the relief I got was beautiful and i just had another 6 yesterday. Today is great - I cant believe i can move so well.

    I know i have hot flush and headaches and will get heart burn soon, BUT if it helps me start to exercise i will be happy. off to physio on thurs to get moving on the exercise (also have hip steroid injection thurs too).

    So good luck , I hope it works. Some people have a nerve root and its great, others it makes no difference. my surgeon said if it doesnt work it wont. Pretty much same with the steroid. however i know steroids can take a few hits to work, so here's hoping :)

    Let us know how you go.
  • 3months post ablation... bad occipital headaches I complained about earlier are very rare now (I guess I was impatient) as are the few spasms that come and go. About %80 relief... YAY!!! I wake up and just get out of bed like I used to! I've actually forgotten to flinch when I reach up or turn to the side from fear of pain.

    I do feel pins and needles at the site. There is no pain with this, just that pins and needles feeling after a limb has fallen asleep kind of thing. I don't recall hearing that these would come. It is definitely in that area, on that side and at random times with no apparent cause.
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