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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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How are discograms typically performed?

How are discograms typically performed?

Injection of dye: A long needle is placed sterilely into the middle of the disk to be tested. X-ray dye is injected and the person reports whatever they feel (if anything). The more specific the person can be the better. The test is also followed by x-rays and often ct. But the person's report of symptoms is the most important part of the test. ...Read more

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What are the complications of a having discogram?

What are the complications of a having discogram?

See below: Complications include infection of the disc or related structures (meningitis, epidural abscess, osteomyelitis), dural puncture causing a post dural puncture headache, nerve damage, and skin infections such as cellulitis. Discuss with your doctor the incidence of each of the these complication to better weigh the risks and benefits of the procedure. ...Read more

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What is a spinal discogram?

What is a spinal discogram?

Simple test: It is a test that evaluates the discs between the vertebrae. Performed with minimal if any sedation, under xray guidance, a very thin needle is advanced into the disc. Generally xray dye is injected into the disc, xray pictures are taken to evaluate the integrity of the disc. ...Read more

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What does it meant to have a provocative discogram?

Reproduce symptoms: Provocative exam relative to a discogram means they are trying to recreate your pain symptoms to determine which disc is causing your pain. ...Read more

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What's the procedure for a discogram for herniated discs?

What's the procedure for a discogram for herniated discs?

Complicated: Discograms have 1 purpose only, which is to determine which disc is causing back pain. Altho radiologists try to fancy it up by discussing pressure & volume statistics, the only thing that matters is whether injection of fluid in the disc reproduces your spontaneously occurring pain. Sedative drugs should not be given immediately before or during the procedure because they blunt judgement & recall. ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel the needles go into your back when you had a discogram?

Is it normal to feel the needles go into your back when you had a discogram?

Yes: While the needles used are thin, you will feel the needle entering into the skin and pass into the disk. ...Read more

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What's the recovery time after a discogram.. What will help with pain after?

What's the recovery time after a discogram.. What will help with pain after?

Generally that day : Occasionally it triggers typical episode of "exacerbation" of pain which for a small percentage can last 2-5 days. If pain worsens or changes it could be discogram procedure caused a disc to herniate or herniate further. This is very rare & even rarer is risk of disc space infection -under 1%. There is also a small risk of a spinal headache or nerve root irritation. Rest & time is treatment. ...Read more

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How can I know if you feel the needles go into your back when you had a discogram ?

How can I know if you feel the needles go into your back when you had a discogram ?

With you conscious : This is a test that you have to verbally respond to when placed on a table that x-rays pass through ; a needle is guided sterilely into the disc under local anesthesia with some light IV sedation ; confirmed to be in the right place with contrast injected followed by sterile water to see what response is given as to whether the disc is the cause of pain. A normal disc does not have pain elicited. ...Read more

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How can you tell by looking at the print outs from a discogram if they are abnormal?

Discogram: A normal nucleogram appears as a well formed oval shspe with distinct edges abnormal has the contrast leakingin all direction with indestinct edges but the most impt part of the trst is the reproduction of concordant pain a painful disc with a normal nucleogram is still positive this is a contraversial complicated subject takes years of study and experience to interpret correctly trust your doctor. ...Read more

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