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Old 11-28-2008, 05:21 AM
kimmers kimmers is offline
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So Terry,

With your facet pain, it is hard to sit?
I don't have pain with sitting per se so maybe I don't have problems with my facets?
And backpain comes from somewhere else?
Any how, Happy Thanksgiving.

hurt back lifting, herniated disc at L4/L5. DDD
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Old 11-28-2008, 11:30 AM
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Terry Terry is offline
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It is becoming more painful to sit for extended periods of time. I am hopeful that I just overworked lately with our clinic move. Maybe some rest will help. I am off for four days straight for Thanksgiving and plan on resting.

If this is unsuccessful I will get another set of facet injections.

Terry Newton
1980 ruptured L4-L5
1988 ruptured SI-L5
1990 ruptured C5-C6
1994 ruptured C6-C7
1995 Hemi-Laminectomy C5-C6, C6-C7 Mayo Clinic
Bicycle Accident 2004
MRI, EMG, Facet Injections, Epidural Blocks, Lumbar Discogram.
Stenum Hospital Surgery November 4, 2006
Prestige Disc C5-C6, C6-C7
Maverick Disc S1-L5, L4-L5
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Old 11-28-2008, 01:26 PM
Maddie Maddie is offline
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HI Terry & Maz, are these the treatments where the nerves that are causing the pain in the facet joints are 'burned' so they are no longer 'firing'? I just barely heard of this a week or so ago, and was interested in finding out more about it in case I run into the same thing.
C3/4-5/6- Mod. ant., severe posterior bulging w. nerve root compression. Sev. narrowing of spinal canal with cord compression.

L4/5/S1- Mod. narrowing, bulging disc, significant hypertrophy of flava lig.

Highly allergic to all metals.

NEW: 3/16/2010: Successful surgery in Brazil w. Dr. Pimenta; Nuvasive NeoDisc at C5/6, and XLIF & ALIF at L4/5/S1 w. PEEK cages. No rods, screws, plates. Non-metal lumbar ADR not available at present time, so went with fusion.
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Old 11-28-2008, 07:31 PM
annapurna annapurna is offline
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Maddie, typically you'll find that doctors will insist upon the injections Terry talks about to confirm that facets are a pain source then try the rhizotomy (nerve ablation or "burning") if the injections confirm the facets as being painful but don't provide enough relief.

You can find out more about rhizos here or in other places. There's radio frequency, cold, and laser versions of the technique as well as other ideas if you look hard enough. They all do basically the same thing, kill the nerve, but most of the proponents of the non-RF techniques suggest the alternatives do a better job or are easier to control.
Laura - L5S1 Charitee
C5/6 and 6/7 Prodisc C
Facet problems L4-S1
Knee, Shoulder, Toe, Finger, Elbow Problems

Jim - no spine problem but lots of other fun medical challenges

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