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MRI or Myelogram

tcb294ttcb294 Posts: 20
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:27 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
HI Folks!

I haven't been on in a while but had a quick question. I'll sit down and try to do some reasearch later but running kids everywhere right now.

Which is better for finding ongoing back pain? An mri with contrast or a myelogram?



I'll try to give more info when I get back home...


  • It really all depends on what they are trying to find and the suspected source of your pain. In many cases an MRI is sufficient, but in others a Myleogram allows a clearer picture of the problem.

  • Hello Tom,

    Another thing to consider - pain of the procedure. Several posters who have had myelograms say they are very painful.

    Best bet is to talk with your doctor to determine which one he/she thinks will provide the best images for the information needed.

  • ............

    I had the MRI with contrast yesterday with results next week. I just want a good pic of whatever is going on. Had a one level last year (ALIF L5 S1) and alredy back in pain, I had 2 other buldging L3-4 before surgery. Something popped my first appointment at the physical terrorist.
  • In my case, I had CT,MRI,Myleogram and for 2 1/2 years and nummerous Drs , none could find the problems of my pain. Finally went to Spine Clinic where Dr said that MRI's dont always show small tears in discs. So I had discogram. That showed 3 discs with tears and was the pain generator. So if MRI dont show anything, Discogram is what I would have. In my opinion. Good luck and I will be watching to see what they find.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,839
    to what "C" is saying. A lot depends on what is being diagnosed. Many times the MRI will come first and if the doctors are not satisfied with those results, a meylogram will be scheduled.
    Pain should never be a consideration on what the proper test should be. While it is true that various test are easier on the patient, you want to make sure you have the correct information. Putting up with a short time of discomfort to get the proper results is worth it.

    I have had countless number of MRI's and the discomfort stems from lying in a small tube for up to 45 minutes.
    Myleograms. I have had more share of those also.
    Pre 1980 When you had it, you were instructed NOT to lay down flat, if you did, you would have the worse headache and there was nohting that could be done... Post 1980 (dont know about the 90's and later) if you had a myelogram, then you were instructed NOT to SIT up, you had to lay flat.. If you didnt you would have those miserable headaches.

    I listend both times and had zero discomfort before or after the procedure.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • physical terrorist? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA that made my day.
  • It takes pain and discomfort to identify the source of your daily pain and discomfort. If it helps figure out what's going on, then in my book it's worth doing.

    Suffer now for freedom later.

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