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Old 02-26-2008, 06:00 PM   #1
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Two failed rhizotonomies -- so now facet joint injections?

Hey all,

I need some help understanding my PM doctor's logic. I've had two rhizotomy procedures done on my neck in the past year -- both which failed. The most recent one was done in October.

I've since switched doctors. My new PM wants to do a facet steroid injection, to be followed with botox in the muscles. It made sense when he suggested it the other day, but the more I think and read about it, the more confused I get.

Everything I'm reading about facet injections say that they should be done first -- and if it provides relief, then a rhizotomy should be done to provide more long-term relief. But if I've had two failed rhizotomies, then what makes him think that the injection will yield a different result?

The only thing I can think of is that the rhizotomy attacks the nerves that come out of the joint, and these injections attack the joint itself. But if those nerves have already been burned twice, and in theory no longer transmit pain signals to be brain, then...I'm confused.

Any help?

Last edited by EricG301; 02-28-2008 at 07:36 PM.

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