o.t. Trying to decide whether to chicken out of the recommended injections

o.t. Trying to decide whether to chicken out of the recommended injections

Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

April 27th, 2012, 9:56 am #1

My pain specialist wants to give me facet joint injections for the back pain I've been having. It was really bad in March and early April. It is tapering off, mainly b/c I'm not carrying anything heavy and not doing any work around the house. I'm a little worried about the pain of the procedure and possible adverse effects.

Do any of you have experience with these injections? It's L3 and L4, btw.




Keiki's Makuahine (Keiki's Mom) 51, dh 52
Keiki: b. 2002 after 3 months bedrest
Natural conception following ZIFT/chem. pg

Olivia: b. 1999 d. 1999
28-week preemie, ptl cause unknown
Natural conception after 1 mc

ttc since 1998
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Joined: January 27th, 2003, 11:09 pm

April 27th, 2012, 11:24 am #2

And selfishly, I was hoping you would go first and then tell me if I should chicken out!

xoxox
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Joined: November 8th, 2005, 3:01 pm

April 27th, 2012, 12:24 pm #3

My pain specialist wants to give me facet joint injections for the back pain I've been having. It was really bad in March and early April. It is tapering off, mainly b/c I'm not carrying anything heavy and not doing any work around the house. I'm a little worried about the pain of the procedure and possible adverse effects.

Do any of you have experience with these injections? It's L3 and L4, btw.




Keiki's Makuahine (Keiki's Mom) 51, dh 52
Keiki: b. 2002 after 3 months bedrest
Natural conception following ZIFT/chem. pg

Olivia: b. 1999 d. 1999
28-week preemie, ptl cause unknown
Natural conception after 1 mc

ttc since 1998
No experience with these injections but topical pain meds will alleviate much of the pain. What did the Dr say about the proceedure ? I would ask him/her. If you are in pain, I say do it. I had horrible neck pain not too long ago. Horrendous, couldn't turn my head, lift my arm etc. My Dr gave me 3 steriod shots into my neck ... I looked at the needle aghast, but he numbed the area, I walked out a new person. It also allowed me to do physical therapy, something that was practically impossible with the neck pain.

So, although no experience with your particular case, unless there are disturbing side-effects associated with the meds, I say do it and feel better.


V
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Joined: February 16th, 2006, 1:10 am

April 27th, 2012, 12:47 pm #4

My pain specialist wants to give me facet joint injections for the back pain I've been having. It was really bad in March and early April. It is tapering off, mainly b/c I'm not carrying anything heavy and not doing any work around the house. I'm a little worried about the pain of the procedure and possible adverse effects.

Do any of you have experience with these injections? It's L3 and L4, btw.




Keiki's Makuahine (Keiki's Mom) 51, dh 52
Keiki: b. 2002 after 3 months bedrest
Natural conception following ZIFT/chem. pg

Olivia: b. 1999 d. 1999
28-week preemie, ptl cause unknown
Natural conception after 1 mc

ttc since 1998
but dh just had a series of 3 shots in his knee... I don't know exactly what they were but don't believe a regular steroid idk. He needed a pre-cert to get them. They did help him a lot and got him back on the treadmill.

I do tylenol, menthol rub and ice packs for my neck and sometimes lower back. The pain I have is mostly nerve and muscle issues from herniations. My dh had terrible lower back issues (not much cushion left) since high school and does 5 minutes of yoga in the morning before he puts his clothes on. It makes a huge difference stopping his muscles from tightening. However, he has spent weeks in bed when it was bad... shots weren't an option, but sure he would have done them if they were.

Chickened out of surgery here, so I understand!!! hugs.




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Joined: January 27th, 2003, 11:09 pm

April 27th, 2012, 12:55 pm #5

No experience with these injections but topical pain meds will alleviate much of the pain. What did the Dr say about the proceedure ? I would ask him/her. If you are in pain, I say do it. I had horrible neck pain not too long ago. Horrendous, couldn't turn my head, lift my arm etc. My Dr gave me 3 steriod shots into my neck ... I looked at the needle aghast, but he numbed the area, I walked out a new person. It also allowed me to do physical therapy, something that was practically impossible with the neck pain.

So, although no experience with your particular case, unless there are disturbing side-effects associated with the meds, I say do it and feel better.


V
Did the steroids make you gain weight? I know it's superficial and vain, but I work so hard just to be a little bit overweight. I put on pounds very easily.

xoxox
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Joined: August 21st, 2006, 3:29 pm

April 27th, 2012, 4:12 pm #6

My pain specialist wants to give me facet joint injections for the back pain I've been having. It was really bad in March and early April. It is tapering off, mainly b/c I'm not carrying anything heavy and not doing any work around the house. I'm a little worried about the pain of the procedure and possible adverse effects.

Do any of you have experience with these injections? It's L3 and L4, btw.




Keiki's Makuahine (Keiki's Mom) 51, dh 52
Keiki: b. 2002 after 3 months bedrest
Natural conception following ZIFT/chem. pg

Olivia: b. 1999 d. 1999
28-week preemie, ptl cause unknown
Natural conception after 1 mc

ttc since 1998
KM,

I don't know if it's the same procedure, but there's an article in today's (online) NYT on a study that found injections (for the back, specifically) don't work, basically. May be worth a look. I think if it were me and the trend were in the right direction, I'd forego the injections ... nothing precludes your getting them later if you decide they are needed after all, right?

Best wishes,
Alex
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Joined: November 4th, 2006, 7:32 pm

April 27th, 2012, 4:23 pm #7

My pain specialist wants to give me facet joint injections for the back pain I've been having. It was really bad in March and early April. It is tapering off, mainly b/c I'm not carrying anything heavy and not doing any work around the house. I'm a little worried about the pain of the procedure and possible adverse effects.

Do any of you have experience with these injections? It's L3 and L4, btw.




Keiki's Makuahine (Keiki's Mom) 51, dh 52
Keiki: b. 2002 after 3 months bedrest
Natural conception following ZIFT/chem. pg

Olivia: b. 1999 d. 1999
28-week preemie, ptl cause unknown
Natural conception after 1 mc

ttc since 1998
the adverse effects have to outway the risks. What about a chiropractor?
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Joined: November 8th, 2005, 3:01 pm

April 27th, 2012, 4:59 pm #8

Did the steroids make you gain weight? I know it's superficial and vain, but I work so hard just to be a little bit overweight. I put on pounds very easily.

xoxox
MM
No not at all ... I had the shots in one day and no weight gain. I felt so much better afterwards, I was in agony when I walked in ...

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Joined: February 16th, 2006, 6:45 pm

April 27th, 2012, 9:20 pm #9

My pain specialist wants to give me facet joint injections for the back pain I've been having. It was really bad in March and early April. It is tapering off, mainly b/c I'm not carrying anything heavy and not doing any work around the house. I'm a little worried about the pain of the procedure and possible adverse effects.

Do any of you have experience with these injections? It's L3 and L4, btw.




Keiki's Makuahine (Keiki's Mom) 51, dh 52
Keiki: b. 2002 after 3 months bedrest
Natural conception following ZIFT/chem. pg

Olivia: b. 1999 d. 1999
28-week preemie, ptl cause unknown
Natural conception after 1 mc

ttc since 1998
Because of my arthritis, I have had many cortisone shots in my feet and hands. They hurt like hell when they are given, until the xylocaine kicks in. Afterwards, if I don't abuse the joint (like go back to normal activity since it doesn't hurt), I've been able to keep from repeating the shots for over a year or more.

If your pain is due to inflammation, the cortisone should work. If this is something like prolotherapy, then I really don't know.

The injectible steroids didn't make me gain weight or turn into a screaming meanie like the oral doses can.

Good luck managing your pain!
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Joined: February 5th, 2009, 2:45 am

April 28th, 2012, 12:16 am #10

My pain specialist wants to give me facet joint injections for the back pain I've been having. It was really bad in March and early April. It is tapering off, mainly b/c I'm not carrying anything heavy and not doing any work around the house. I'm a little worried about the pain of the procedure and possible adverse effects.

Do any of you have experience with these injections? It's L3 and L4, btw.




Keiki's Makuahine (Keiki's Mom) 51, dh 52
Keiki: b. 2002 after 3 months bedrest
Natural conception following ZIFT/chem. pg

Olivia: b. 1999 d. 1999
28-week preemie, ptl cause unknown
Natural conception after 1 mc

ttc since 1998
I've had success with it (IF, allergies) and not (ttc#2). I've heard it can help with back pain although not sure if it depends on the type. The hard part is finding a good acupuncturist, but if you're on any local message boards, you usually can get a referral. GL!
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