I've given up, and am having the steroid injections for back pain. I've been resisting because I'm almost as afraid of needles as I am of spiders. I had a drug-resistant infected knee surgery some time ago, and was almost to the point of deep-vein IV's because my "regular" veins were blown out from the number of IV's. Still get the shivers over that, and needles are now something I do not like. Anyway, has anyone had it done for low-back issues and how did it turn out? I won't tell you the VA is doing it so I don't have to hear any horror stories. ETA: Oct 2 is the day! ETA: Done! Got there early, was on the table about 15 minutes after I was supposed to show up. I got to keep my shorts on, which was a bonus. I had the spinal facet joint injections, so there were three on each side my spine, lower back. The lowest injections hurt like a mo-fo, but I'm a wimp when it comes to that sort of thing. If I have it done again, I know what to expect. Felt great after, due to the anesthetic. How awesome it would be if the actual relief it was anything like that fer' real. Stiff and sore now, but can actually get up out of a chair without real pain. Fingers crossed, because it's supposed to be a day or two before the steroid is effective. Having a few hours of just a little back pain reminded be of just how badly it SUCKS. Props to the VA, too. Nothing but praise for them.