Hello! I am 25 and have been burdened by lower back pain for the past 1 1/2 years but it finally got to the point that I couldn't take it anymore. I have been diagnosed with Facet Joint Arthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, and Spondylosis. I have also been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, strong possibility of other arthritis in other locations currently being determined (most indepth examination and tests being done on hips and Sacroliliac Joint - I also blood tested positive for some spinal disorder? My Rheumatologist is concerned about it but hasn't given a ton of info about it yet), and/or some sort of Auto Immune Disorder. Basically, I'm falling apart at 25!
I saw a spinal specialist today and he is recommending a Bilateral Lumbar Facet Joint Block. This will be a series of three appointments, if I go thru with it/respond to it. The first will inject the steroids and numbing agent into each facet joint to numb the nerves to hopefully give me pain relief for 5 to 10 days. If it works, he does it again for good measure, and then the third burns or stuns the nerve to hopefully give at least 6 months to a year of relief, if not longer. From talking with a friend who also has back pain, she doesn't recommend the burning of the nerve. I don't know what to do. I'm scared to get this done, but the pain is very burdensome and I'm having trouble walking. Any suggestions, advice, suggestions, anything?