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



  • 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 https://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,
  • 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?  

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  • LizLiz Posts: 9,748

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


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
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