Re: Questions about Facet Block Inj. & Foraminotomy surgery? Please respond!
Chrissy, I'm sorry to say this, but I think everything you mentioned...facet blocks, etc. are only a band-aid. You've got a lot going on in your back,including compressed nerves. Those nerves will eventually become permanently damaged and you will have pain from that forever. I have heard of many people who have had fusions and they are younger than you are, so I tend to wonder what that doctor is thinking.
I think you would be well served by getting a second and even a third opinion to be sure that you're getting the right information. While you are young to have to go through this, at least your youth will work for you in that you will heal faster than some of us old folks. IF surgery is indeed the answer and you won't know that for sure until more doctors tell you what kind of surgery is needed. Seeing several doctors will also allow you to make comparisons and be able to pick the doctor who suits you best and who inspires you to trust him. Ask questions about how he would manage your post-surgical pain as well.
I wish you lots of luck and hope things go well for you; those nerves are getting angrier by the day, and tho surgery is rough and there are never guarantees, damaged nerves are guaranteed to last forever.
You might want to look for an orthopedic spine specialist...an ortho with extensive training in neurosurgery. He has a fellowship and limits his practice to the spine only.
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