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Old 07-17-2017, 06:07 AM   #1
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Lumbar Facet Medial Branch Block

A little background: I have scoliosis (diagnosed when I was 11 - I'm 63 now). I wore a back brace for 5 years, then had spinal fusion surgery when I was 17. Fused T9 thru L5 with Harrington rod.
I had no back pain until I was in my mid-40's.
Since then, it's gotten progressively worse.

I'm scheduled for a right lumbar facet medial branch block on July 31.

Has anyone here had this type of injection? Did it help?

 
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Old 07-17-2017, 08:03 AM   #2
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Re: Lumbar Facet Medial Branch Block

Welcome to the board. I am sorry you have been dealing with scoliosis for most of your life. The facet block is often given for two reasons: diagnostic and for pain relief. It may be that the Doctor hope she to find the nerve/nerves which are causing your pain. If successful, then they may want to do a nerve ablation. Or they may be doing it for pain relief alone.

The procedure is pretty straight-forward and only slightly painful for a brief time. As the medication is going in, there is a feeling of pressure. If the facet joints are arthritic, the steroid may help with inflammation and pain.

Good luck.

 
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Old 07-20-2017, 08:09 AM   #3
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Re: Lumbar Facet Medial Branch Block

It's being done primarily for pain relief.
In addition to chronic back pain, I also have numbness and tingling in my thighs (front) when I stand or walk for very long.
It will be done under mild general anesthesia with a fluoroscope.

I've talked to a few of my friends who have had an epidural steroid injection and were very pleased.
My pain management doctor felt that the nerve block would work best for me.

I am truly looking forward to this, just to find out if it will work for me.

 
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