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Posted by susan on October 17, 2000 at 13:31:12:

In Reply to: Re: facet joint pain posted by Francesca on October 14, 2000 at 19:26:20:

: Hello Susan, I understand the first and second surgery but not the 3rd. A cervical fusion is done on the neck area. Please clarify the 3rd surgery and what it related to.

: What did a doc say the "grounding glass sound" was from"? And why is he/she refusing to give you any more injections? These injections are done in sets of threes with each one given at least once a week and than a waiting period of 8 to 12 months before they are administered again. They are right in saying that these injections deteriorate the joints but it takes many injections done consecutively to produce this result.

: I would seek the opinion of another doctor if you are not finding the proper pain relief w/your present physician. Have you talked to him about any kind of pain medications that can help you? What type of doc is he? No one should be in any kind of pain. Also please repost w/clarification of the 3rd surgery if it was indeed of the back area. Hope to see your re-posting soon. Be well


The cervical fusion was due to a freak injury. Totally separate and completely successful.
I am not experienceing a "ground glass sound" it is more like when I move I feel like there is
ground glass in the joint. The facet joint I refer to is really the SI (sacroiliac joint). I have been
to several specialists, including one internationally renowned surgeon. They all refuse to do the
injections until I get to the point that I am no longer functional. The point is that everything I
do hurts and the whole issue of pain control is a touchy one where I live. What do you do for
pain management?

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