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facet syndrome (chronic lower back pain)

bozemankd member since Jan '11

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I have been suffering from chronic lower back pain for about three years now and will be undergoing a diagnostic procedure for facet syndrome later this month. I've been doing research on facet syndrome but it always helps to hear from people rather than studies. So, does anyone have any knowledge on the subject? I am mostly concerned with the treatments. It seems the only treatment is to have injections every 6-9 months (for forever Worried ). I was wondering if anyone knew of anything more permanent, like some kind of surgery (I know it sounds crazy to jump to surgery, but I've had pain EVERY DAY over the past 3 years and I want the pain to stop completely).

posted : 3/15/2011 at 2:04 AM

tureyna80 member since Mar'11

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I have cronic back pain. all of my Lumber Verts are twisted or angled wrong. The injections work i know that it sounds really bad but they do work. You could also talk to your specialist about putting in a internal pain pump. Here where i live it is hard to get a doctor to do that because of medical cost and insurance reasons but it is one thing to think about.

posted : 3/21/2011 at 7:15 PM

bozemankd member since Jan'11

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Ah, thank you for the advice! I am actually more open to the injections now that I have had several days to think about it. I wasn't happy about it at first, but if it helps then I guess it's worth it. Thanks again!

posted : 3/21/2011 at 8:23 PM

tiy-RTHG member since Mar'11

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one of the things that can really help is having your hips checked for alignment, this is a key component to the pain. As a trainer, physical therapy/orthopedic guy, and back surgery survivor, I did a lot of research and participated in case studies. This was the found to be the main recurring theme for back pain. another thing that you can do to check is by adding inserts to your shoes. this will relieve the stress you may be experiencing. if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, and I can show you how to get your hips reset without a chiropractor. there are stretches you can do that are doctor approved and therapist loved.



posted : 3/21/2011 at 10:36 PM

Vicki Bowland member since Jun'10

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I had IDD (Internal Disc Decompression) therapy performed by a Neurologist 5 years ago. It is basically computerized, gentle (didn't feel a thing!) traction.
Not everyone is a candidate, and (no offense to anyone), I would rather have a Neurologist evaluate whether you are eligible-- but I can tell you this.

After 3 of my 10 sessions, I was pain free-- for the first time in 18 years Happy
. And I have been for the last 5+ year!! Thru a front end collision, thru stepping back off my kitchen counter to admire my paint job, thru falling off a ladder, (can we say klutz?Laughing ). Still, mostly nothing.

The only time I have any memory at all of the pain is when I do PurMotion suspension trainer mule kicks and planks, because of the pressure it puts on your lower back. But, the minute I stop, the pain stops.

I will recommend this to everyone--

posted : 3/23/2011 at 9:10 AM

jvladimer member since Jan'11

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I have awful lower back pain. One of my lumbar vertebrates is deteriorating because it rubs against a disk. The doctor seems to think this was caused by one of my hips not sitting properly in it's socket (I now have his bursitis due to this). I do a lot of stretching for my hip which in turn helps my posture and distribution of weight. I have to be super careful of my form while I'm at the gym because event he slightest awkward turn can throw my back into a spasm from the friction of the rubbing.

Currently my insurance company is fighting me about paying for this diagnosis and refused to pay for my physical therapy.

posted : 3/23/2011 at 4:42 PM

georgia10 member since Oct'11

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I have had three injections and they are not working for me. I still have the lower back pain. I have tried physical therapy and all it did was aggravate the situation. I find I cannot sit or stand for long periods of time and to sleep I have to take some kind of pain med or muscle relaxer.
Where I work does not allow me to take pain medication while at work. This is really a difficult time for me.
I am really having trouble dealing with this situation. Sometimes I don’t take the pain meds just to make sure what is happing to me is real.

posted : 10/8/2011 at 11:29 AM

patty smith member since Dec'11

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I have lumbosacral facet syndrome and its the worst pain I have ever felt, It's the absolute worst when standing all day (which is what my job consists of lucky me!)By the time I get home I am in so much pain every day I just cry and people just dont understand. I guess they think that its just a little boohoo backache and will go away and don"t understand that its much more and worse than that....Don't u wish someone could be in your body for 10 minutes and feel the pain we feel?Sad

posted : 12/1/2011 at 11:29 PM

s.olo member since Jan'12

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I've had lower back pain for almost 5 years and I'm only 25. At this point, I might just try the IDD procedure. Has anyone ever fully recovered from this injury? I feel like once you get it, that's pretty much it for the rest of your life.

posted : 1/5/2012 at 8:17 AM

Brandon Bunsold member since Jan'12

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PLEASE do NOT take pain meds whatever you do!!!!!!! I have degenerative disc disease in my lower back and have taken them for 3 years now and if I could go back I never would have taken a single one. I am currently trying to loose weight to help with the pain and I am trying to ween myself off of these horribly addictive and dangerous drugs. If I could go back I would first tried to loose weight and strengthen my core muscles to help with back pain. After loosing 35 lbs in the last year, my lower back pain has decreased a lot. I still have a long ways to go to hit my goal of 175 lbs (75 more lbs to go)but I am confident that I have what it takes to do this.

posted : 1/20/2012 at 8:27 AM

Alyssa123 member since Jan'12

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I'm 24 years old. In 2007 I had a horse accident and hit a 2X4 and a wooden post with my spine. The pain went away after the initial accident. In 2009 my daughter was born. Three months after her berth I started having back pain. The past two years the pain has gotten worse. In the past 7 months it has become debilitating. I'm am in so much pain all the time. I have had two MRIs the last one showed arthritis and the one two years ago showed some degenerative disk disease. I have had a nerve block followed by the lumbar nerve ablation. This helped for a short time. I just had another nerve block and was supposed to have another ablation. Unfortunately the nerve block did not help at all. I am on hydrocodine everyday and it has not been helping much. I don't know what to do now. I've done PT and I have seen a manipulative dr. Is my last resort surgery? Can anyone help with my pain.

posted : 1/25/2012 at 7:00 PM

Brandon Bunsold member since Jan'12

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Alyssa I would not recommend surgury and if possible do everything you can to not take pain meds. I have been on them for 3 years now and I wish I could go back and never take a single pill. Its not like I take a bunch of them, but it is a hard thing to wein yourself off of. I have lost 30 lbs in the last year and that has helped alot, but I am not sure if excess weight has anything to do with your situation? I have known several people that have had back surgery and now everyone of them is disabled for the rest of their lives. I have been told that it is a 50 50 chance of working, but from the people I have met that have had surgery I would say it is a lot less than that. Please exhaust every option you have several times before resorting to pain meds and surgery.

posted : 1/27/2012 at 7:26 AM

Alyssa123 member since Jan'12

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I have done everything else an I do not know where to turn next. Weight is not a factor in my situation. I go back to see my PM doc on Monday to see where to go next. I need to start weening myself off of the meds because my full coverage insurance is about to change drastically as well as the starte we live in. I take meds as prescribed only but I'm in so much pain all the time. Sometimes it hurts just to breathe. I'm so frustrated. And any advice is welcomed. Confused

posted : 1/27/2012 at 8:11 AM

janiebaby51 member since Nov'11

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Ihave terrible pain in my right hip and lower back. been trying to treat it for like 5 years noow. I've been to pain management, a nerologist, 3 different physical therapists, an orthopedic. Last year they gave me a shot by x-ray directly into the hip joint and it helped for several months. I have arthritis in the hip, a cyst that they say isn't why I'm having pain. I need hipe replacement probably bit I;m too young he said and my weight was a problem. I've lost only 12 lbs since last year so I joined the gym hoping to lose more weight but some days it's hard to go, like yesterday when I could barely walk. I won't give up trying, no matter what!

posted : 1/28/2012 at 3:10 AM

Jackie Felker member since Mar'12

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Hi, looking for anyone who has made it through facet syndrome. I've had it for years but misdiagnosed thought it was my kidney stones because it was lower right flank pain. Been through several drs, started with steroids, p.t., facet joint injections, and yesterday my first epidural block injection. Is this curable? I'm 40, good weight, and healthy. The last 6-7 months have been horrible. Just need support. My husband, family, and friends are great, but no one really understands. Next injection is in two weeks. I already have my pain back but am trying to be patient. I won't take narcotic drugs, I'm a mom and a teacher so I suffer. Any advice?

posted : 3/3/2012 at 5:47 PM

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