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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:28 AM in New Member Introductions
hi,I am a new member and have been going through back and leg pain for about 6 years....I had a lamentectomy on L4 and L5 to remove a cyst 3 years ago which helped alot but now the lower back pain and leg pain has returned and I have been told I have disc herniation at L4 and L5 and some bulging in some other areas, these were diagnosed by MRI and xrays,now I am seeing a new neuro-surgeon who wants to do a cat scan with contrast and or a myelogram which scares the hell out of me.....who has had one and do they sedate you because I am the type who would need it.....I even need big doses of ativan to have an mri....I know it is a helpful test but I don't know if i can handle it...any suggestions???


  • myelogram was painful for me. made them stop.
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. of course if it best to tell you concerns to your doctor and discuss sedation of some kind. :-C there are so many medictions now avaliable that there would seem to be no need in a painful procedure. :H good luck and keep us informed! Jenny :)
  • I've had 2 of these test, first one was so painful I cried the whole time, 2nd was a breeze. Guess it depends on whos doing it and your condition. For me they just numbed the area they were inserting the needle. Sher
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,848
    Just do a search on myelogram and you will find plenty of hits right here.
    When do correctly, the myelogram should not cause any pain for the patient. If there is pain, you have to question the ability of the person performing the task or some other factor in the patient that is causing the pain.
    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
  • Other than the dye causing you to feel like you have wet yourself the CT scan is quick and painless! Not all CT scans use dye though. I have not had to do a myelogram. I would take 10 Ct scans with dye over one MRI. I have to be valiumed to stay in the mri and lay still. I'm 47 years old and the things freak me out!

  • good news, the test was really a breeze.....the doctor took a cat scan prior to the test to see where the best point was to insert the needle, cleaned then sprayed my back, i guess like a local and then a pinch......then just for a little bit there was alot of pressure but the doctor talked to me throughout the procedure, he moved me into some weird posititions but the good news is i heard him say "there it is" so he saw the problem.....I had taken a couple of valium before I got to the place (this is in NYC) and have been told one of the best places to have these tests done....when he was done I had to roll over on the table 3 times without getting up, don't know why, then had a another cat scan done in another room before I got to go get dressed....I was told to keep my torso still for at least 5 hours or I would wake up with the worst headache and nothing would help it go away...I followed instructions and got no headache but did wake up with alot of back pain, like someone had punched me a few times and also spasms but I have meds for that....I guess you have to go to the right dr because he injected right in the middle of the scar I had from previous lumbar surgery and there was some scar tissue there.....I am so relieived it is over, now waiting on the results to see if they can help me but I also have an appt with another dr next week to get another opinion...luckily I live in the NYC area and have some of the best hospitals at my fingertips.....I know that make a difference.....
    I want to thank everyone for your support prior to my test because I know I was a wreck worrying about it.
  • I'm so glad that you made it thru and hope they now can tell you what's going on.

    They say that making you roll over several times, mixes the dye up good in your spinal fluid so it's seen on the CT scan better.

    My first myelogram, discogram and CT scan showed a Grade 3 tear in my L4/L5 disc that has never been seen on any MRIs that I've had done. Something about where it was and the blackness of my disc, but I actually had a chunk of disc missing cause my bones to rock/roll and hurt something awful.

    My second myelogram, I just went in to Radiology, had the test and they let me go home after 30 mins of eating some graham crackers and drinking a diet coke. I was shaking and queasy trying to get to the truck though and I did have a slight headache.

    Hope you get relief very soon!!!
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