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discogram questions

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:40 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I'm wondering if anyone has had a discogram. Can someone give me some info on this. I'm having a lot of leg pain, but not that much back pain. The doctors have done an MRI and nerve block. The MRI looks like only scar tissue, not the disc. They something about the discogram reproducing back pain. I guess I'm wondering if it will also reproduce leg pain. Any comments?

Thank you,



  • Yes, I had a Discogram before my spinal fusion, and I can tell you that the test is no picnic! But, is not that bad either....
    When they inject the dye into your disc whatever pain you are having is going to be reproduced 10 times over! and yes, I could feel my leg pains too.

    The Disco was a great tool to find out what really was going on with my spine. MRI and CT's can only give the surgeon one view of what is going on, but with the Discogram they get a full report on what is causing your issues. So yes, I would definetely recommend a Discogram for to find out why your leg is hurting. Good luck with the test!

  • SpineAZSpineAZ WiscPosts: 1,084
    Many of us have had them. I always say they are painful in the "moment" when they are seeking to see if they can re-create your pain. They gave me IV versed during the procedure. The beauty of versed is you know it hurts but you are so relaxed and it tends to help you forget that it hurt. I was sore for 1-2 days after but just like the pain a small bruise would give you (I didn't have a bruise but that's what the pain reminded me of). Right after the discogram they gave me fentanyl in the IV for pain relief and sent me to a radiology center for a quick CT (since they focus the CT only on the disc that got the dye in the discogram the CT lasted less than 5 minutes)
    2 ACDFs, 2 PCDF, 3 LIFs; Rt TKR; Rt thumb fusion ; Lt thumb arthroplasty; Ehlers Danlos 
  • Thank you for the information. This helps. I had to beg my doctor to do this procedure, since nothing else is really showing anything. I hope he takes the results seriously - I know this test is very controversial.

    Thanks again.

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