hi, Has anyone with lower back pain been diagnosed with facet joint problems? My lower right lumber facet joints are very arthritic(L3/4 and L4/5), Im on tramal daily for this which helps but without it im a cripple, im still able to work and lift as long as i have the tramal on board but pay for it the next day as the inflammation has built up nicely causing alot of pain and those wonderful muscle spasms, i seem to have more sick days from my back then my cfs and im sure the pain tires me out alot quicker because of cfs. I have had several facet joint injections with cortisone and a local anaesthetic which is great straight afterwards with the local anaesthetic and good for a couple of weeks but then back to normal, so this treatment is also diagnostic and proves that the pain is in the facet joint. Im going to have an ablation on the nerve to the facet joints involved, which is burning the nerve. I do understand that in some cases the nerve can grow back after 12 months but can still be pain free and also maybe not . Has anyone else had this procedure done? and has it helped alot long term and been able to get off pain medications? cheers!!!!