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L5S1 herniation; multi-level facet hypertrophy; Lumbar lordotic straig; anterior disc bulge C4-C5;C5

monster1434mmonster1434 Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:02 AM in New Member Introductions
~X( Hi! my name is Cindy, I first would like to know if anyone can explain what multi-level facet hypertrophy is? My doc has explained it to me but I still don't understand :?? I am pretty sure the Lumbar lordotic straightening &cervical lordotic straightening is straightening of the spine, neck or spinal canal... please correct me if I am wrong.
I had laser surgery 1 1/2 years ago, they shrunk the L5-S1 disk and burned the nerve endings for the sciatic. I was still having pain but it shot into my back which was much better and that was instant relief from the sciatic!!
Recently I started to have shooting pain from the sciatic down to the my buttock, it has not started shooting down my leg...yet. Does anyone know if after having the nerve endings burned is it possible for them to grow back? :/


  • welcome to spine-health.

    facet hypertrophy is swelling or enlargement of the facet joints. a medrol series, anti-inflammatories or injections might help with that, but only your doctor will know exactly what should be done. here's an article that helps explain facet joints and problems relating to them.


    the radiofrequency ablation (nerve burn) you had - you're lucky to have had relief for so long. they can last up to 18 months and you can go back and get another, as yes, the nerves to regenerate. many get much shorter relief so i'm glad you've had great success with it. there are also some on here that just keep getting them when they wear off if they're getting a decent amount of relief like you.

    hope this helps.
    take care,
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