facet joint injection hasent work what should i do

    i had it done about a week ago i think it has made me worse should i go to the doctor again

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    When, I first had it done it felt worse also but that should subside. Then they used radio freq. Burning of the nerves) its suppose to last 6mos.-2yrs., it helped somewhat at least the pain meds. help more now than before.
    A facet joint injection is entirely different than Radio Freq. burning of the nerve.
    Facet joint injections sometimes need to be repeated in order to obtain relief, they're often given in a series of 3 injections, spaced a few days to 2 weeks apart. There should be some relief obtained after injection # 3, felt within 1 week.
    There are many factors that will affect the outcome of these injections. One is the cause of your back pain: is there organic evidence of a cause for your back-pain on MRI or CT scan or even plain XRay? If not, the injections are less likely to be effective. Another factor is the physician: some pain specialist are good and some are better than good. It's always fair to ask your primary care doc or your neurologist for the name of a different pain specialist in your area.
    Best wishes to you, I hope you feel better soon.

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