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Facet vs. Epidural Injection



  • Hi. I've had chronic low back pain for over 5 years. Have tried PT, chiro, massage, pain meds and a caudal. Did caudal with no sedation and was in so much pain they couldn't even inject half the medicine they had planned on.

    Then I got a different pain doc who gave me bilateral facet injections w/iv sedation. I felt no pain during the injections and just a little sight soreness afterwards. I think these helped but then I re-injured my back.

    Now have new insurance and they want me to have the bfi again but won't give me iv sedation (due to time constraints). I'm scared to death to do this b/c of my last experience w/o iv sedation.

    Does anyone here have experience with either of these procedures? Were they painful for you? Were they helpful?

    Thanks for reading/responding!

  • I'VE had them done ayear ago but didn't help just got 3 done on the 14th so far so good my problem is headaches all the time I've had 2 bones put in and I' been in pain ever since the operation can't get any relief any suggestions ?
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  • Can you call your Surgeon to get another assessment or Primary Dr. to get an MRI? I haven't had surgery but wanted to welcome you and please inform your Dr. about your headaches. I hope you have less pain soon. Take care. 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
  • I have had about 10 epidurals lifetime or more lost count and 2 facets injections, just my opinion, I would rather get a epidural anyday of the week and twice on Sunday then a facet injection they hurt. :(
  • Hi hope your feeling alittle better.I just had another epid last week so I feel pretty good just slight pain in neck and headache about a 5 level do you know if MRI'S ARE DIFFERENT I heard that with a plate in your neck they cant see the nerves?
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