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facet injections

vambosmomvvambosmom Posts: 4
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:50 AM in Spinal Injections
i'm scheduled for facet injections on friday. i've had the series of epidural injections, but they didn't help. however, for these injections, i was put to sleep. the pain management doc i'm seeing on friday will not put me to sleep, just give me a numbing shot. will it be very painful? should i look for a doc that will put me to sleep? please hurry with an answer. thanks so much.



  • i was never put to sleep for my esis , or any other type of blocks or treatments. it's in your best interests to be awake for some types of these so that you can help the dr pinpoint the exact area where most of your pain is emanating from. it would take longer for the dr(s) to put you to sleep than to do the actual *epidural* injection. as far as finding another dr. for your facet injection that is a personal choice, but i would read up on the injections first and then discuss this with your dr if you are concerned before making a decision.
  • I have never been put to sleep for any of my injections and they numb the area and then put the larger needle and it's uncomfortable but I found relief afterwards. I hope you get some relief on Friday. Best wishes. 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
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  • Same here, never been put out. The injection does hurt a little, more annoying than anything, but it's worth it in the end if it works!! I just think, this pain is only going to last a couple of seconds, and is nowhere close to being as bad as the pain I have or have had. It's all relative.
    APROUD CANADIANveteranButNOTa doctor, my thoughts are my own
  • I found that the facet injections were a little more uncomfortable than the ESI, but neither were terrible and since they were done in my doctor's office using live xray, only local anesthetic was used. I took Motrin afterward and there was no lasting pain from it. They did require that I had someone there to drive me home and that I rest for the remainder of the day. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
  • I was always a little sore for the day of, and sometimes a day or even two following. The last procedure I had (C-II,RF) I was sore for an entire week, but it didn't hurt as much as the others during the actual procedure. The most painful I've had so far was in my hip, but it was also the most successful. My Dr. says that this is because he located the exact area causing my pain (w/my help in the form of a moan), and was able to inject that area. That was my biggest success to date & the one I would do over in a second.

    Let me put it this way. if I were only taking pain medications for my hip pain I could have quit taking them ..that day!! Haha, can you tell I was pleased with that injection..and I'm not even a fan.
    Good luck on Friday!
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  • thanks so much for your thoughts. i'm scheduled for tomorrow and i sure hope it works. i'm ready for a good nights sleep.
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