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Facet (Definition)

Facet joints are places on the spinal bones where two bones actually meet and articulate. Many times arthritis or inflammation can arise ...Read more


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What are the side effects of having lumbar facet injections two weeks apart?

What are the side effects of having lumbar facet injections two weeks apart?

Lumbar facets: Many times the injections are done with deferent medications to rule out a placebo effect There are no real side effects past infection unless a lot of steroid is used the the side effects would be steroid related possible increased blood sugar ...Read more

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What is a cervical interlaminar epidural injection? Is this a safe procedure? How long is the side effects last?

What is a cervical interlaminar epidural injection?  Is this a safe procedure? How long is the side effects last?

CES: A procedure where a needle is placed between the bones of the spine entering carefully the epidural space. Usually it is quite straight forward if done by a seasoned MD - do not have this done under any sedation - you will get ample local. Side effects usually not seen but may include increased pain for a few days, facial flushing - these will improve. Know the risks before you have it. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of getting facet injections in the thoracic spine?

What are the side effects of getting facet injections in the thoracic spine?

Many ....: Depending on the medication injected.... Pain, redness, infection and if steroids are used.... Hyperglycemia (elevated blood sugar) and even depression of your immune function... Hopefully, the number one effect will be the satisfactory treatment of your pain. ...Read more

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Is there any side effects of ozone injections for disc issues? For both cervical and lumbar disc issues?

Ozone injections: With the exception of ozone injected into a blood vessel (very bad complications) there are no known complications but also this therapy is questionable at best...What is being treated? I don't believe you should be trying this. ...Read more

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Does an epinepherine endometrial adrenaline injection side effects last? And for how long? I had a biopsy today and they injected me inside my cervix.

Does an epinepherine endometrial adrenaline injection side effects last? And for how long? I had a biopsy today and they injected me inside my cervix.

Not likely: It sounds like they injected some Lidocaine with Epinephrine in your cervix today for a biopsy/colposcopy? Those medications they infected have a super short 1/2 life, meaning they don't stay in your system for very long at all. Definitely all gone by the time you wrote this question. No lasting side effects. Hope biopsy comes back normal! ...Read more

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How are cervical facet injections performed?

How are cervical facet injections performed?

Under Xray Guidance: A facet injection is a minimally invasive procedure that can temporarily relieve back pain caused by inflamed facet joints. A facet injection includes both a long-lasting corticosteroid and an anesthetic numbing agent. The drugs are delivered to the painful facet joint, either inside the joint capsule or in the tissue surrounding the joint capsule. ...Read more

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Apart from the obvious location what is the difference between Cervical Facet Injections and ESI? E.g what risks apply and which one is less dangerous

Location: Facet injections place anti-inflammatory steroid into the joint(s) in the spine and the epidural steroid injection places steroid around the spinal cord, nerves and discs. Joint injection is very localized and usually requires more than one. ESI can have greater spread. Since the epidural space is just outside of the spinal cord, this is more risky. Either injection should be done under XRAY. ...Read more

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I am having a cervical epidural tomorrow. What are some of the side effects that I should expect? Will i still be able to use crutches to get around?

I am having a cervical epidural tomorrow. What are some of the side effects that I should expect? Will i still be able to use crutches to get around?

Thanks for asking!: Side effects with cervical epidural could be severe but thankfully are extremely rare: infection, bleeding, nerve damage, puncture of the lining of the spinal cord (dural puncture) ...Read more

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What's the side effects of a facet block?

What's the side effects of a facet block?

Rare complications: Nerve blocks and facet block do have risks and side effects. They include: elevated blood sugars rash itching weight gain extra energy soreness at the site of injection bleeding death (in rare cases). ...Read more

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Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...Read more


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