The benefits from the first shot only lasted 2 weeks. The second and third set of injections lasted about 90 days. In November, I was ready to have surgery. My EMG and nerve conduction tests proved that the nerves were "sleeping" before I was. After another MRI, the neurosurgeon said I was a candidate for surgery but I was not able to get the endoscopic type surgery that is less invasive. I would have an incision about 6-8" long. Along with removing the herniation, they would have to increase the size of the hole where the nerve roots were going through.
I have been in chronic pain since 2009. I have received epidurals, facets, medial branches, cortisone, and radio frequency ablations in total approximately 75 injections. I have at least 12 herniations and bulging discs. Tears in both knees and both shoulders. I am very concerned with all this medication being injected into me. I had surgical menopause which is partly responsible for some of my conditions.( osteoarthritis). I have been feeling very weak and have gained 35 lbs. And many other side effect. Is there a protocol as to how many of these injections you can receive. I rather have radio frequency due to not having to have all that medication put into my body. But every time I get a radiofrequency we do the medials branches all over again. with this process it takes approximately 5 mos for one area. With all my injuries by the time they finish one area its time to start another. For the last few years I have had at least two areas needing attention at the same time. I also notice they are not as effective as they were when I first starting getting them. I have had nerve damage and vessel severed leaving me in worse pain for months. Is there a benefit to seeking laser surgery finally killing these nerves?
During your initial consultation at one of our state-of-the-art facilities, our experienced specialists will carefully and compassionately evaluate your medical history and physical state. If it is suspected that degenerative joint disease is causing your symptoms, an imaging test like a CT scan, MRI or X-ray may be requested to obtain a concrete diagnosis. Blood tests and joint fluid analysis procedures may also help identify the extent of your osteoarthritis. Based upon the information gathered, Minimally Invasive SpineCARE® will design a personalized treatment plan to meet your unique needs and specifications.