This is my first post but the topic is of much interest to me. I just had my second round of facet joint injections at C2-C3 this morning. Prior to that I had numerous trigger point injections with one PM who then referred me to a PM/anesthesiologist for more advanced procedures. I had two rounds of Epidurals and then two of the Facet Joint Injections.
My experience has been about two weeks of relief from all of the procedures and in between times I am in excruciating pain most of the time. I have been on Fentanyl patches which don't seem to work very well and have Percocet (7.5/325) for the worst times. Also, have bunch of other meds which are taken rarely as they are not particularly effective.
Bottom line, I was just notified that I am scheduled for the RFA on Friday (moved up from May 21st so I guess the Doc realizes the extent of my pain). What bothers me the most is the length of time it takes to recover from this procedure. I am out of work today with the after results of the FJI, have missed quite a bit due to flareups and hate to miss any more work. At least the RFA is on a Friday so I have the weekend but from what I read, it takes longer than a few days. My job is extremely stressful with a non-sympathetic boss.
I am prepared for this RFA as I am willing to do almost anything for this chronic pain and the resultant depression which is wreaking havoc on my life. I have been living with chronic neck pain for 20 years but just became proactive again after the initial round of doctors, tests, med, etc. I will say that we have come a long way in the last 20 years.
Sorry this is so long. Guess since it was my first post I had a lot to say!
Now it is time to go back to bed. Thanks for listening. I don't think there is much anyone can say unless they can lift my spirits by indicating they didn't have a long recovery period.