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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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What is usually used for pain after a discogram?

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 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