Facet Joint Injections

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Hello All,

I have CS in my neck and am in constant chronic (pain for the past three years). I am sick of being in pain.

My first visit to the NHS pain clinic was interesting, as the consultant informed me that I need to have Facet Joint Injections into the top part of my neck, which he plans to do in April !

I asked the consultant if there are any potential dangers from this procedure and he informed me that me that nothing can go wrong !

I got home ran a web search on Facet Joint Injections and am really horrified to read that there are rare - but very serious potential dangers from this procedure ... I feel that the NHS consultant has not explained the potential dangers to me, Any advice would be really appreciated, thank you in advance


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    Thank you chris215a once again for your much appreciated advice.

    The pain trigger for me is any movement of my neck !

    Having a family businesses to help run and a family to help care for means

    that it is difficult to avoid movement on the neck joints !!

    Someone has suggested that I ask my doctor to prescribed an unlicensed med for pain relief called SATIVEX which is made from medical Marijuana - my Dr. refused to issue an unlicensed med !!

    I am tempted to consider how to start growing my own if it will help reduce the pain :idea:

    I guess if I get caught I will get a couple of hours of community service :lol:

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    I have had facet joint injections in my lumber spine and in both SI joints, and they worked, I usually have to have two rounds of them to get complete pain relief, I have had them 7 times in 15 years, once I get into a cycle of muscle spasm and pain the injections are the only things that work. When I first had them you just had to lie there and get on with it, now they put you out to do them.

    If you go to a pain relief specialist you should be fine, they have an xray/scan screen and can see that they are getting the needle in the right place, the reason they put you out is so that you don't move.

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    I have had Facet joint injections to my Cervical Spine pain relief, such as it was, lasted a couple of weeks at a time. The last injection was an epidural that did almost nothing other than to make me dizzy and have severe pins and needles in my left arm and hand.

    However you should note that the consultant in a pain clinic is usually a senior aneathatist. These are the same guy's that run ICU /ITU departments and get the position because they are very senior doctors.


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    I had facet injections last year in May, for scoliosis of the spine, I then was informed after losing weight I had (graves disease, overactive thyroid) in November I had radio treatment of iodine to make me have an underactive thyroid, which was diagnosed in January 2010 as I had to wait until now, before I could have another injection next month, and having thyroid problems of aches and pains all over my body is adding to the pain of my back, and I would not do without this injection. Which hospital do you go to? as I find mine is excellent , I wish I could have had this injection many years ago, when I have suffered for over 17 years.

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    hi been reading about facet injections as I am due to have some soon and I am a bit apprehensive as they said a few years ago the bones in lower back and hips are fused through operations a long time ago I am not normally hesitant but when they said few years ago could not inject there and nothing has changed if not they have become worse! so any advice would be welcome ( worried) cry https://patient.info/forums/graphics/icons/emoticons/eek.gif
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    I have had chronic pain that affects my sleep and causes bi-lateral radiculopathy (numbness) in both arms along with xhrinic migraines.

    I have had three rounds (May, July and Sept. 2016) of cervical facet injections without Anesthesia and I am starting to get some relief. I take 7 meds a day and now I am virtually not taking them on a regular basis. The doctor I see is in Savannah GA AND IS ONE OF THE BEST pain management MD's in the US. The procedure is relatively safe but you really need to research the doctor performing the procedures.



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    I'm Sandy, I was born with Scoliosis, and my suggestion to you, regarding finding Any kind of pain medication is to FIRST, FIND A Pain Management Physician, preferably one who is 'Legitimate', has been in Practice for a few Years & with All of my experiences, an American Dr. is My Personal choice.

    You'll have to get, if you haven't already, an MRI. That's the Only way to begin. Also, get your Own, personal copy

    You'll be able to have your own, personal 'file'. Always have Extra copies made, Just in case !!

    I Do hope that this helps you.

    Have a Blessed day !!

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