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heatherfromcali1969 posted:
Hi, I'm new to the board. I've already searched this board for this topic and found only one thread relating to it by a poor woman who had a stroke after a similar procedure. I was in a car accident last September and since then I've suffered from severe lower back pain. My doctor wants me to have a bilateral facet joint injection with accompanying nerve root block. I'm very nervous to have this done, it seems extremely invasive although I'm also feeling pressured by the doctor and my lawyer to have it done or the Insurance Company won't believe I'm really in pain. I assure you, I really am in pain, but I'm hesitant to have a relatively new kind of procedure done with so many horror stories of how it can go wrong and have you end up being worse off than you were before. Has anyone had this specific procedure done and what can you tell me about it? Thank you so much for any responses.
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bj1208 responded:
Hi heatherfromcali1969 - welcome to the support group -

I am assuming the accident was not your fault and the other persons' insurance etc is hounding you to have this done - at least that's what I gather from reading between the lines -

in a situation like this, or any other situation, you are the boss of your body and you make the final choice.

I would suggest that you get a couple of opinions from both Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist and Orthopedic Spine Specialist and see what they recommend for treatment. You may also see a PHYSIATRIST Pain Management Specialist (see link) and see what they say also.

http://www.spineuniverse.com/treatments/what-physiatrist

it's in your best interest to get opinions on what other spine specialist prefer you to have done. oh and another thing, did you hire this attorney? or is this attorney the other person's? Do you have faith in this attorney? you may want to discuss this with another attorney and make sure you are getting all you deserve and the proper treatment program.

please keep us posted what you find out~~
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Take care ~~ God Bless ~~

~~ Joy ~~
 
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heatherfromcali1969 replied to bj1208's response:
Wow Joy, you are really good at reading between the lines. First of all thank you so much for responding to my thread. And yes, I was in a car accident, and it was the other person's fault. My lawyer is pressuring me to have the procedure because he wants to make more money on my case, and I guess it's the only way for me to really prove that I'm in pain. I spoke to him today and told him my concerns and he's definately more accepting of my decision to refuse the procedure. The thing is, I would be willing to have it done if I truly believed it was going to help me and not just a way for the doctor to make money by sending me to have this done because they have some kind of deal going with the surgery center. I'm pretty sure that's how these things work. Yes, I did hire this attorney, and no I don't have faith in him or any other attorney to be honest with you. I'm not even sure the words faith and attorneys should ever be used in the same sentence. Let's face it, most of them, especially personal injury attorneys are out for themselves, and their main concern is the bottom line and how much money they will make on your case. You hit the nail on the head when you said that It's up to me and I cant allow anyone to pressure me to have any major procedure I'm not comfortable with. I will read your story. Thank you again for the good wishes, best wishes to you as well.
 
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heatherfromcali1969 replied to heatherfromcali1969's response:
...ps...I will look into my options with a psysiatrist as you suggested. After reading your story, I'm really sorry to hear about all you've endured. It looks like I could have a long road ahead of me, and that you've had the facet joint injections already, and clearly they and numerous other things did not help you...Yikes! Could you tell me what your experience with the facet joint injections was?
 
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bj1208 replied to heatherfromcali1969's response:
Hi Heatherfromcali1969 - sorry i've been away from the boards - been in a lot of pain - fell and twisted my ankle real bad then fell down the stairs yesterday and really messed up my ankle - oh the joys of what we go thru!! LOL

any shots i've had in my back - facet, steroids etc the only relief I received was from the numbing agent - that lasted til it wore off - approx 30-45 minutes later. then the pains were worse than before because the needle would cause irritation.

the most I have done nowadays is a pain shot - has the numbing agent in it and a mild pain med - that's all I have done - LOL found out recently when speaking with my pain doc and telling him how I felt after each shot (turning red, sweat pouring off me etc) that I'm allergic to steroid injections so thats why he does pain shots only.

hope this helps~~
~~ Click on my name or picture and read my story ~~

Take care ~~ God Bless ~~

~~ Joy ~~


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