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.
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!🙏🌼
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.
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!!! 🙏🌼