As you all know I had an injection into the facet joint at L-5/S-1 a week ago, without steroids. They had told me that my pain relief would be short lived but that it was just to find which area was causing my lower back pain. Well, the day after the injection my back was very stiff so it was hard to tell the level of relief. By Wednesday, my lower back pain was down to a 2. It was heaven!!!!! I have had lower back, hip & side pain constantly for 7 yrs and it felt so good. By the next day the pain levels had increased and now it is back to my normal 6-8 depending on the weather.
My next step will be a block of some sort before RF will be done. I definately will move on with the block because after having my 1 day of no pain I want MORE. Even if I only get a few months it would be worth it.
Just wish this was my only problem area but anything is better than nothing when it comes to chronic pain.
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3