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Old 07-22-2005, 05:45 AM   #1
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hi all i just wanted to know if any one on the boards have had or got facet joint arthritus and if so what treatment you have had and what symptoms you have and if you know what caused it

 
Old 07-22-2005, 03:11 PM   #2
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Hi - I have mild posterior facet arthritis at L3-4, advanced posterior facet at L4-5 and advanced posterior facet arthritis at L5-S1. Next Friday I am receiving my 3rd ESI. My doctor has discussed the possibility doing radiofrequency lesioning where the nerves supplying the facet joint are destroyed. My pain is severe in the morning and after sitting for long periods of time. If I can keep keep moving, it is not so bad. Any kind of exercise where I flex backwards is extremely painful. I try to do exercises where I flex forward and try to walk everyday. I don't really know why it started but I know I took some hard falls on my bottom (once on roller blades) and I think that probably is what did it. I am 47 years old, female, and have been dealing with this for about 3 years. I take no prescription drugs although I rotate Advil and Tylenol Arthritis.

 
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Old 07-23-2005, 04:41 AM   #3
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I have similar symptoms to previous poster, but after my 2nd injection, walking is also a problem, as well as lying down as it hurts to be on my back and also to turn in any direction. I really feel that the doctor did something during the procedure that has caused this problem. My first injection was a success but after this experience with the second I would [I]never[/I] opt for them again! Further, I have since moved to another state (a week after the last injection) and the doctor refuses to return my calls for advice for recommendations of what I should do next or who I might see for follow-up.

Usually what causes the severe pain is engaging in some activity that compromises and exacerbates that area of the spine. Do you recall anything you might have been doing that would have contributed to this severe pain? I know for myself that as I was getting ready to move I disregarded the nagging pain I was experienceing and just "kept on going" until I woke up one day and couldn't get out of bed. Now I feel like an invalid. It has been 4 months and the severity of the pain has not changed (I have been told that facet degeneration is one of the most painful conditons).

I have tried PT and Osteopathy, but with no results. I wish I knew myself where to go from here. I now think the advice of the osteopath might be called for, i.e., lots of rest and taking the prescribed meds [I]regularly[/I]to try to break the pain cycle. In fact, I started this morning: 800 mg. Ibuprofen every 8 hours and vicodin, especially before bed so that the body can actually rest and, hopefully, start to heal. I'm not recommending this for anyone else, just explaining my situation.

All the best!

 
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