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   Posted 12/3/2011 4:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had injections several times for the last year 1/2. They only lasted about 3 months but those three months were great compared to being in constant lower back pain. The injections were in my SI joint.
So my questions is, has anyone had them work for a while and then all of a sudden give no relief?! I have had 2 in 4 weeks now with no relief!! This has never happened!! Any thoughts?!

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   Posted 12/3/2011 4:44 AM (GMT -6)   
It's middle of night so this willl br brief but yes, it happens...

The 1st attempt did not do anything, 2nd lasted seveal days, my 3rd lasted 6 months. I have sacroiliac joint dysfubction and 2 bulginig discs. Those 6 months were wonderful but pain has returned so in January I will have another series. Be careful not to have shot series too close together as steroid overdose Roid rage ) is a very real thing.

I wish you luck

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   Posted 12/3/2011 11:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had tons of injection, up to 6 levels at a time, I have NEVER gotten any relief. I avoid them now. Sorry I don't have any answers for you. I wish you luck though
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   Posted 12/3/2011 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been told by several docs I can't ever have more than 3 in one location in a year because more will deteriorate cartilage. I can't have more in lumbar spine, shoulder, etc.

It may be that your pain is coming from a different spot. The nerve pinch may not be at the joint at all, just covered temporariy. If your pain is radiating down your leg, especially if both legs are involved, it's possible a type of spinal or caudal (tailbone) injection will help). Caudal hurts for a few days, but it quiets the huge batch of nerves that exit the bottom of the tail bone just like the hair on a horse's tail.

If your pain is more along the side of your spine you should ask about a TENS unit. Pinched nerves cause horribly painful muscle spasms that run up one or both sides of the spine. Your pain doc can decide if that would help! Another option for muscle spasm is 1 mg of diazepam (Valium). That's a tiny dose - half the smallest pill, but it is the best muscle relaxant out there. It can make you sleepy until you get used to it. Don't plan to use it forever or increase the dose because it is addicting.

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   Posted 12/3/2011 8:34 PM (GMT -6)   
The very first injection I got was in my SI joint. That was done under a fluoroscope back in 2005.
Before the injection, it felt like a burning spear. After the injection, the area was very sore for a week, but then the pain diminished. 6 years later, it has never gotten worse than maybe a 4 or 5 out of 10, and is usually not a problem. But, my SI was torn in an accident and so the injection was related to an acute trauma vs a chronic problem.

Over the past month, I've had 3 sets of injections into my upper-mid back. The first greatly reduced pain in one place, and is still helping. Most of the other injections have had only minor benefit.

If they worked numerous times in the past, but not this time, maybe the MD didn't inject quite in the right place? Or maybe the problem has gotten worse and the injections are not enough any longer.

One other issue to explore is whether your SI joint is out of alignment. If so, then the injections may not be doing enough since the joint's motion is causing constant irritation. I've had good Physical therapists realign my SI.

Lastly, in the mean time, have you tried to ice the joint? That typically helped me.
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   Posted 12/4/2011 12:26 PM (GMT -6)   
As one of the members mentioned you should only have so much of a steroid each year. Getting too much of one can cause a lot of other problems with your health. This is something I did not know and was getting a steroid shot every 6 weeks for three years for pain. It did wonders for my pain levels, but left me with developing osteoporosis of the lumbar spine at a young age. It caused my BP to go off of the charts and I ended up in the hospital stroke line level. Do your homwwork about steroids & long term use.

Take care.
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