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dgardineerddgardineer Posts: 158
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:28 AM in Spinal Injections
I'm scheduling my discogram tomorrow i've heard bad things about it , can anyone give me an honest idea of the hell I'm going to be put through?


  • I am scheduled for one next Tuesday and my pain management doctor was pretty honest about the pain involved. You get "twighlight sedation" (vercet) and he said some people feel "pressure" as the dye is injected, and some have to stop from the pain. The range of reactions I'm sure is as broad as the range of people. He said "prepare for the worst and hope for the best." He did admit that it "may" be uncomfortable, but as soon as they find the problem, they shoot in Lidocaine and it's all over. I asked for an epidural after, and he said they had never done that, but it made sense to do so. Maybe I can get some pain relief for the first time in years?

    I'm taking no chances and taking a Clonipin and Vicodin beforehand!

    I was misdiagnosed with sacroiliitis 10 years ago and got injections for years, with no relief. (No doctor ever ordered x-rays or an MRI)My new doctor oredred both and found a annual fissure pressing on a nerve root at L5S1. Before he has an idea where to go, I have to get this and a CT done. I'm hoping if I need surgery, it will only be a microdiscectomy.
    I ride horses for a living and cannot be done for long.

    I hope yours goes well, and keep us posted.
  • well I had mine today and it was horrible the pain was the worst I've felt times 10.
  • Hello dardineer I hear you on the pain. Did your doc. share any results with you after the procedure. I had my 1st in April 07 and another 1 year later. The 1st one was not to bad and it did confirm many things with my spine. The 2nd one was awful, positive at 3 levels with tears at 4 levels loss of disc height @ 5,4,3 and L5/s1 was ruptured and leaking into the epidural channel. I have been told by my PM doc that reproducing the normal pain in the disc's are what he was looking for as well as degeneration of the disc's. Has your pain subsided as of yet? I was told to call after a couple days if pain levels worsened or if the needle sites were red and very warm. My issue was the pain I had endured during the procedure did not lessen up. So I do hope your acute pain has subsided and if not perhaps you should call the physician. As for spinal injections I suppose over the past 3 years I have had 12-14 and for me sometimes they bring my pain down but in my experience that never lasted beyond 2-3 weeks. So I usually have one done during a major flare-up to try to settle things down. Hope things work out for you and god bless
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,846
    I've never had one. Here is an article provided by Spine-Health

    What is a Discogram
    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
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