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Facet joint injections

Jun 02, 2015 6:10 PM

I'm currently being scheduled to receive facet joint injections for I believe L1,2 and 3 with sedation.
Can anyone tell me if this is the same thing as a regular epidural cortisone or is this completely different and if so, how?
Mine will be done under sedation since they are doing 3 and I don't tolerate that awake.

Jun 02, 2015 7:23 PM

I'm sorry Amanda I couldn't say one way or the other.

Jun 02, 2015 9:31 PM

Amanda, The facet is part of the little bones that jut out to each side of the discs. The injx process is the same, with medication and such. The difference is the placement of the needle. The doc should be able to show you by drawing or by the skeleton dummies where it's at. I can't really say it hurts more or less than the standard placement. Wishing you the best results with prayers!🙏🌼

Jun 02, 2015 11:14 PM

I had the RFA today in my cervical vertebra for problems with facet joints. I am not sure that this is what you're having (there are a few things that can be done there). I had it done under sedation--versed, which is a benzodiazepine which is very short acting (stops when you stop having it flowing in your veins), and causes anteretrograde amnesia.... I have almost no memory of the procedure. Frankly, I've had it without the sedation, and it sucked.

For me, the procedure works wonders.

Hope it goes well.

Jun 03, 2015 9:50 AM

Omg Starrynight, I had a horrible experience to versed years ago where my eyes were open but I could not move or speak. It's been on my allergy list for over 15 years. I had no idea it's in the benzodiazepine family. I had a saliva test for med issues last summer. I don't metabolize benzodiazepine meds. Thank you for that info!!! 🙏🌼

Jun 03, 2015 5:46 PM

I have the same procedure scheduled this coming Monday for T3, T4. The PA showed me exactly how they're gping to do it, using a dummy spine.

I know from other procedures, other meds are available for sedation. They use demerol for my hubby. It has the same effect.

Jun 03, 2015 5:49 PM

Oh, btw, Universal Pain Management has a number of their procedures in vid form under 'Services', including this one.

Jun 04, 2015 8:01 AM

Okay, FlappysLady that completely freaked me the hell out already.

Jun 04, 2015 1:34 PM

Amanda, I'm sorry! 😞. It was quite scary for me!! I make sure they know not to give it to me for every procedure. I wouldn't want to go through it again. 😲

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