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Hi Karen :wave:

I had my 4th Facet joint injection this morning, so I'll try and answer your questions okay. My doctor examined me, having me turn in different positions (forward, backward, side to side) bend different ways, as well as touch different areas in my back, applying some pressure until I could tell him where the pain was. That led to him believing the facet joints were contributing to my pain.

I also have 2 herniated discs, and there is a difference in how the pain feels, at least for me. The disc pain I have feels alot like a horrible cramping feeling (the discs are also pressing on some nerves, so theres alot of numbness as well)There is some burning sensations sometimes too. I had 70+ hours of back labor, without any meds, with my oldest child and that paled in comparison to what I feel now..

The joint pain is different though..I'll do my best to try and describe it to you. It feels alot like I've been kicked very hard in the bone in my right buttock. It feels like alot of pressure on that bone, and in my right hip. Its alot like my right leg was pulled out to the side and all the way up to the side of my head and left there..I hope this makes sense. If not, let me know..I'll try and explain it better.

As far as the actual procedure..I've had times where it wasnt too bad, and I've had times where I cried through the whole thing..since everyone's pain tolerance is so different its really hard to say how it will go for you. You are given sedation to help keep you calm before the procedure. Your doctor will then numb the skin..He will use an X-ray machine to guide him to the right area before doing the injection..Sometimes, as he's doing the actual injection you will feel the same pain you've been feeling, and sometimes it can be worse than usual, but that only lasts a moment or so.

Following the procedure, because of the numbing medication, your pain should be very minimal if at all. Please dont panic if you have pain (that feels like a charley horse) or some numbness in the leg on the same side as you had the injection done. That is normal, as sometimes the numbing medicine can wander down into your leg. That is very temporary ..it should clear up in a short time. Take your time when standing up after the procedure. You may feel as though your legs might "go out from under you"..that will pass quickly as well (I had that happen this morning) Take things easy for several days following the procedure..dont be surprised if the pain returns, or feels worse for a few days, as having the injection done can irritate the area and make it feel more sore for a bit. Also, it does take up to two weeks most times for the steroids to start working. Use ice if you can tolerate it.

I hope I've helped answer some of your questions...I'll check back to see if you have anymore okay. I wish you the best of luck with your procedure, and I hope it brings you relief from your pain.

Chelley :D
Karen,Good Morning and hope you are doing well this morn, I will keep you in my thoghts and hopefilly this block will be the answer for you are they planning just one injection or are they as series I wonder because I only had the one before he decided to redo the discogram.When is your app. for the injection it would be nice if we ran in to each other up there sometime and didn't you say you are getting a new MRI or x-rays?? I've got to call today to set up my new MRI and I don't want to have it done in town here as every thing I have ever had done here has always had to be re-done so I'm going to try one of CL.CL. branches closer to here as to not have to drive all the way to Cleveland!!Keep me updated as to how your doing I'm cheering for you here !!!
Telzey, I din't know if I have the answers for you as I've been told the facet joint isn't my problem or wasn't 2 yrs ago ,I have the pain I believe you are talking about sometimes it feels like a broken bone stabbing me in the lower part of the left side of the back and it radiates across lower back into left hip all the way down to the lower part of my calf,there is point on my leg upper thigh and lower calf if you touch send me into intense pain.I can't believe all the symptons that go along with back injuries and how very hard it is to get a good diagnosis I mean I can understand I just wish there was easier ways to find out the root of the problems!!!Well hope you can understan what I am saying about my pain it's so d**** hard to discribe the pain somtimes when it seems everyday a different one pops up!!
Take care all and will be thinking of you wish you all a great day!!
Linda
Good Morning Everyone hope all are having a pain free day and great week-end,I'll make this short I just wanted to say to Christina I know whet you mean about openning the heavy doors it's touture and people look at you like what is you problem it's only a door and lifting the milk out of the fridge is unreal it when I get the pain calmed down it alwasy seens something that is little to other people brings on endless pain for me getting in and out of the car is really hard and I have got to where I only go out when I have to as it gets so painful and embarassing .Whan it is flairing up which is most of the time that's when it feels like a broken bone pushing on me and the hip, thigh, groin, calf pain goes wild I usually don't get the groin pain til it's over the top and then the pain starts going all the way thru the right side instead of the usual left side.Well so much for short I don't think you can explain any of this in short terms unless you just say your life is a nightmare and leave it at that.Anyway the best of the week-end to all of you.
Linda





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