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Aug 11, 2015 2:04 AM

Hi guys, I have fluid on my facet joints in my lower back. I also have a bulging disc in my neck. I'm currently suffering terribly and awaiting injections into my spine. Although the MRI Scan has shown the fluid my neurologist has said I'll need multiple investigations to find the true source of my pain, numbness and tingling in my spine, legs, feet and hands. I currently take zomorph, Oramorph, Lycra (pregabalin) and paracetamol but I only get short term relief! Has anyone else had this problem? And can anyone suggest anything I can try to get relief?

Thanks in advance!


Aug 11, 2015 5:39 AM

Debbie, welcome to our community family. I am sorry that you are suffering so. Have you tried using moist heat packs on your back? Or perhaps some gentle stretching and then a warm bath? I have several spinal issues but not what you are experiencing (except for the pain). I am sure there are others here who may know more and be able to help. I hope the injections give you the much needed relief you are looking for. Best wishes.

Aug 11, 2015 6:12 AM

Welcome to our community Debbiegtj! I'm not familiar with fluid around the facets, other than bleeding which I had from an injection. I do have spine issues ranging from OA to ruptures, from my neck to the tailbone. I even have multiple facet issues. But your fluid I'm not sure about. Could it be spinal fluid leaking? If it was though you should have headaches. Others here have fluid issues but I'm not sure if it's similar. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. And I hope the injections bring you much needed relief! 🙏🌼

Aug 11, 2015 9:18 AM

Welcome Debbie. Like Flappy, I'm not familiar with fluid around the facet joints. I also have spinal issues stemming from an MVA(L4-S1) and just recently had my first set of injections which are still holding pretty good. The only advice that I might be able to give you is possibly using a tennis ball to act as a massager on those areas that are painful. What I do is stand up against a wall,then put the tennis ball where you are hurting and then sort of squat. It's difficult to explain it without coaching somebody else through it. Also, I find that gentle yoga exercises help significantly for me as well.

Aug 11, 2015 1:05 PM

Hi everyone, thank you so much for your responses!

They aren't sure what the fluid is yet but possibly arthritic. I do get frequent headaches also.

I do have hypermobility too which doesn't help matters. I've tried yoga and physio too, both have been unsuccessful :( I'm hoping for answers very soon but in the meantime I'm gritting my teeth. I have been suffering for 5 years now following very severe SPD in my second pregnancy where my pelvis completely separated at the pubic bone and my tail bone.

Any recommendations are greatfully accepted!

Thanks again! Xx

Aug 11, 2015 1:45 PM

Debbie GT1 welcome to our family of chronic pain. I also have spinal issues. I don't have fluid in my face it joints, but I have a Syrinx inside my spinal cord it starts at C7 goes to T12. It causes deterioration of muscles and nerves, I am having numbness in my left arm and tingling, I have had to drag my left leg with numbness and tingling on the left side of my body. It is very distressing not knowing what is happening to my body. I was diagnosed with Syringomyelia, ask your Dr if might have it. I hope you get some answers soon.

Aug 11, 2015 2:15 PM

Debbie, welcome to our group, I am sure that I don't have the problems as much as you do. But there is one procedure that reduced my pain pretty well. I guess by 40 percent. I don't know what it is called but it is when they use injections to go in and burn the nerves in the back and kill them . It is a process of two. First you go in and they do a block or anesthetic to see if they use it on those nerves, will it relieve the pain. If it does, they burning those nerves should work. If it worked, they schedule you for the acual burning of the nerves. Also, I use thermacare wraparound belts. These things are like mobile heating pads. I love these things. And then I love T.E.N.S units. They have helped me tremendously if you use them the right way. I have found that many people do not know how to use them properly. Puttling the pads before the particular groups of nerves and between the brain. It works more effectively that way. A trip to a physical therapist for a visit is great for learning the operation to the best site is a great way to learn to use it.

Aug 11, 2015 6:48 PM

Following...I have fibro but my spine and between my hips hurt. My spine pops and hurts so bad I cry out loud. I get unbelievable burning and my feet will tingle. Can't get into rheumatologist until mid november. Nothing seems to help I can't do hot or cold the temp changes makes it hurt and pain killers and muscle relaxers are like putting a bandaid on a totalled car.

Aug 11, 2015 7:04 PM

Profiler, yes in answer to your question. They do the diagnostic nerve block first to see if that is what is causing the pain. If that is what is causing the issue, then they can do a radiofrequency neurotomy where heat is used to burn off the nerve endings. Might be discussing either doing the nerve block or another set of injections again. When they were working for me, it was like day and night. Debbie, hope this gives you some ideas and possibly hope. Forgive the rambling, only slept 3 hours last night

Aug 13, 2015 5:39 AM

I do have a thermo belt but I find the temperature it gets up too very uncomfortable! I've been using an "actipatch" too but it only worked the first few days! The pain seems to be uncontrollable at the moment and the wait for any treatment is too long! It is comforting (probably the wrong word to use!) to hear I'm not the only one with these problems and I have people to talk too about it. Thank you xx

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