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Is a discogram painful?

Is a discogram painful?

See below: Discogram is a controversial procedure. It involves inserting a needle into the discs in the spine. The purpose is to determine if pressurization of the disc with fluid or gas reproduces the back pain. A normal disc is generally not painful with a discogram but a degenerated disc may be. There is some concern that injecting a normal disc may cause damage to that disc. I do not do them. ...Read more

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How is a discogram performed?

How is a discogram performed?

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 does a discogram function?

How does a discogram function?

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 is a discogram actually done?

How is a discogram actually done?

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 painful is a discogram procedure?

How painful is a discogram procedure?

The purpose of the : Test is to find the source of your pain by recreating it over the same location with the same quality as the disc is injected. If it is a normal disc you will feel pressure. If a disc that is somewhat abnormal , maybe an ache but a disc or discs that are the source of your pain should be an exact reproduction temporarily. This is done under local anesthesia with occ. Use of some sedation. ...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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How long does a discogram typically take?

About an hour: 90 min from when you arrive to when your ride can pick you up. ...Read more

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Is a discogram procedure extremely painful?

Is a discogram procedure extremely painful?

Yes: But this test is usually necessary to determine if your level of disc abnormality on the MRI is really an problem or not. Many times the bad disc is not visualized on a MRI done while lying down. The discogram injects saline into the disc creating pressue in the disc simulating gravity effect whil standing, if the disc is bad the disc wil extrude and cause pain but you will know you need surgery. ...Read more

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What is usually used for pain after a discogram?

After diskogram: After these diagnostic injections, expect some pain for several days from aggravation of your problem--that's the purpose if the test after all. Narcotic meds are helpful afterward. Also, your doc may inject a steroid medication and/or local anesthetic at the same time which should help lessen the pain. ...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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