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Had Facet Joint injections today, would like some feedback on this plz



  • Best wishes for your facet joint injections and hope they are effective and if so they'll do rhizotomy. I haven't had that but there are some members who've benefited from them and hope you get some relief. 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
  • Hi
    I might be able to help you with some information. I had a pain specialist who was an Anesthesiologist. He did facet injections as a diagnostic on one side only to see if that was what was bothering me. It didn't help me. A few times he did both sides at the same time; L5 through S1. He does it right in his office with a fluoroscope x-ray machine.

    I had great pain relief from the steroid facet injections after a couple of days of soreness.

    If the doctor does it WITHOUT steroids, the pain will be back in a couple of hours. This diagnostic is to see if it is the right place. If the pain relief is good you can either schedule a steroid injection, or a rhizotomy.

    The steroid injections have usually helped me. Sometimes they only help for a few days, but the best ones, I have been pain free with very little medication for 2 - 3 months!! Very good results.

    The Lyrica also did not help me at all.

    I decided to get a rhizotomy. The pain specialist said he would only do one side at a time! I did NOT want to go back twice for this. So I went to a different doctor. I saw a neurologist who referred me to a Physiatrist in his practice, and she did the Rhizotomy for me yesterday, both sides! L5-S1, L4-L5, and L3-L4.

    I started a journal here http://www.spine-health.com/forum/pain-management/journal-my-facet-rhizotomy-also-called-rfa-or-radio-frequency-ablation so you can keep up with my progress.

    The rhizotomy is done under MAC anesthesia so it is more comfortable.

    Good luck,
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  • It's 2018...i had 2 facet joint and one epidural injection.  They all hurt like a mofo.  Need another but can't deal with the pain.  He said they don't do sedation anymore.  Not enough people to help during?  

  • LizLiz Posts: 9,658

    This is an old discussion created by a member no longer on the forum so I have to close it.

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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