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Old 10-05-2009, 09:27 PM   #1
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Location: tempe, az
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mishl.kari HB User
Facet Joint Ablation

I am having this done L2-L4 Thursday. I am starting to feel as if I am reaching for straws. I am willing to try anything at this point. Anyone have this done successfully? We did the injections in the facet joints a few weeks ago and have 1 day of amazing pain relief, followed the next day by a return of regular pain. Dr seems to think this may work?

Please share experience, suggestions, hints, etc?


Failed Fusion
SCS x 2 (1st worked great, then leads broke, so it was replaced in July)
"Failed Back Syndrome"
Extreme pain mid & lower back & right hip & leg
taking MS Contin with Oxycodone ER for breakthru.

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Old 10-28-2009, 07:39 AM   #2
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Decatur, AL, USA
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Terry in AL HB User
Re: Facet Joint Ablation

I had RF ablation of my L3-L4-L5 facet joints back in April of this year and it gave me 100% relief for about 5 months. I just had it redone a week ago. My doctor does one side, waits 3 weeks, then does the other. I felt like a new person when the pain went away.

Prior to the RF ablation procedure, he injected steroids into several places to pinpoint the source of my pain. I got about a week of relief from the steroids once he zeroed in on the source.

Best of luck. If you had it done as scheduled, you should be filling some relief now.

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