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How painful is a disk o gram and how exactly is it done?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: 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

In brief: 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
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Dr. Jonathan Hyde
The amount of pain associated with a discogram varies from patient to patient. If you require a discogram, the pain generation is one of the most useful features of the test to determine future treatment options.
Dr. Michael Ekizian
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Discography

Discography involves injection of contrast under fluoroscopy into the central portion of an intervertebral disc thought to be causing a patient's low back pain.
The test is positive if there is extravasation of the contrast through the annulus with reproduction of the patient's usual back pain. It is not a recommended procedure for diagnosing low back pain, and there are several complications.

In brief: Discography

Discography involves injection of contrast under fluoroscopy into the central portion of an intervertebral disc thought to be causing a patient's low back pain.
The test is positive if there is extravasation of the contrast through the annulus with reproduction of the patient's usual back pain. It is not a recommended procedure for diagnosing low back pain, and there are several complications.
Dr. Michael Ekizian
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