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How Severe Is The Pain Typically After Having A Discogram
Fairly severe: Of course it depends on the individual but if you have a painful disc, the procedure can make it hurt worse for a little while. That's why i recommend that you have a plan in place beforehand to deal with the pain caused by the procedure. I recommend daily massage and opiate analgesics combined with an NSAID such as ibuprofen. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had a discogram a month ago & am still having severe headaches/nausea that lasts for days. My dr isn't helping me. What should I do?
Disc injection: Lumbar discogram is performed as an outpatient procedure. Individuals are given IV sedation doctor needs input from the patient during procedure. The procedure takes anywhere from 30 to 60 min.For diagnostic purposes to see whether intervertebral disc is the source of a patient’s low back pain when degenerative disc disease is present. It is not necessarily therapeutic. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Yes: While the needles used are thin, you will feel the needle entering into the skin and pass into the disk. ...Read more
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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