had first ever injections for lumbar facet pain after seeing the cause on MRI. had it on Thursday, felt great on Friday, pain slowly creeping back over the last two days. they said that it takes up to two weeks for the steroids to work. any one else had this procedure for the same? thanks!
I had a dozen or so injections several years ago. The same thing with me too, the pain came back in a relatively short period but they kept on telling me I needed to build up the drug into my body and that in time the relief will last longer. I did not find it got better at all and in fact the injections were causing me a lot of pain. They had difficulty getting the needle through the scar tissue and into the epidural sac. I don't know for sure but I think the last time I went when they were having a really difficult time getting the needle in and they may have ruptured the disk. I may went years with the ruptured disk without knowing it and now my spine in the L4/L5 location has been fused in a bad position and causing me all kinds of pain and mobility problems. The surgeon won't touch me again as he just sees me as a liability and I am now left with spending the rest of my life with having to control the pain and no hope of ever being able to regain my mobility again.
I've had the same, and I found the injections lasted for a week the first time and two months with radiofrequency as well, after the initial days of agony (and by lasted I mean pain went down to a constant 4/10)... I'm optimistic about going back once more because a lot of people say the third time is the one most likely to stick, but it is hit and miss. Months or years of relief seems like a distant dream, but I always feel I'd rather try something than nothing! Good luck to you with the injections, I hope they work better than for me!
And CACampbell, I'm so sorry about what an awful time you've had.