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Facet Block


I am having my first set of facet nerve blocks tomorrow and he is only using marcaine without any steroids for diagnostic purposes. Should he inject the correct source of my pain, does anyone know how long I will get some relief from the marcaine? Also, what have your experiences been like with this procedure? Thanks in advance :)


  • Not to scare you but I went home with debilitating, excruciating pain after mine. I think it was due to the position he put me While I was lying on the table. He out a pillow under my chest and had me tuck my chin to my chest and hold it for thirty minutes. That was one of the most painful positions for me to be in prior to my surgery.
    I left with worse pain and a debilitating headache. I got zero relief from the numbing agent.
    Make sure someone drives you, just in case. When I asked them if I needed a driver they told me " no, you'll be fine!"
    Thank God I didn't listen and had my husband drive me.
  • I'm so sorry to hear of your experience! How long did you have the pain after the procedure? How are you feeling now?

    I just went through everything including the radiofrequency ablation, unfortunately, it left me with nerve damage. I'm in worse shape now than I ever was. My doctor said that it could be a result of the nerves being trapped in all of the scar tissue from my two previous surgeries (fusions). I'm now on a ton of medication to just through the day. Having a hard time accepting it all :(

    I hope that you are feeling better now!
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  • hi have you spoken to a deep tissue masseuse? some sue the graston technique too which helps blood flow around scar tissue that's been worked on to help it heal. personally I would leave the block until desperate, I had one years ago in my shoulder and I was in agony by the evening and cried all night. it never did anything for my pain. I also didn't no what the pain was from. scar tissue can be repaired but it's finding the right person with the right technique t repair it. I know there is surgery some where, where they peel off the scar tissue but I have not heard of it being done where I live.
    if nerves are trapped a deep tissue or sports masseuse may have the ability to work on the muscles to release them off the nerve. it may be a long process so just investigate.

    all the best

  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    Please remember that what may work for one may be harmful to another.
    And that treatments ineffective for one may benefit another.
    It is always best to speak with doctor as he knows your condition the best.
    Honorary Spine-Health Moderator
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