Hiya! I'm due to have this procedure this Wednesday (eeek!) and am feeling a bit apprehensive about it. If anyone has had this before, could you explain if it's painful or not? I've had 7 facet joint injections over the past 4 years and presume it feels similar, am I right?
I cannot believe I got an appointment so quickly after my initial consultation only last month. Because I work in a school and we're off on half term this week, it couldn't have been more perfectly timed - however, I'm starting to worry a bit (as a man I met on Saturday has had a discogram before and said he was 'out of sorts' for quite a few days).
For the first time, I attended a 'spinal support group' at Nuffield Hospital in York on Saturday and, if any of you are within travelling distance, it's extremely worthwhile. I met many people who have had spinal fusions and the difference the surgery has made to their lives is inspiring! However, there was nobody there for whom the surgery was unsuccessful, but I suppose that's to be expected in a way. There were about 50-60 people there and I would say over half hadn't been before and were all contemplating surgery to one degree or another - so I suppose the event could be seen as good publicity for the surgeon. I don't know.
Nonetheless, I came away from the 2 hour session having many of my questions answered (apart from the negative comment made about discograms, hence my question above), and on the whole, I feel VERY positive about the future now, which is a good thing. If my discogram confirms that a fusion would benefit me long term, and if it's offered to me as an option, then I am 100 per cent going for it! I don't want to be restricted in the things I can do (like I am now, big time!), and therefore have limited personal/social choices in the future as a result. Or to feel in ten years time that I should have gone for it, but perhaps it could be too late by then. Do you know what I mean?
Anyway, I'll stop rambling now. If you're curious at all, I would thoroughly recommend the "Kspine" website. It's full of tons of information on different procedures and advice etc.
I hope someone can allay my fears about having the discogram??? I wanna know everything about it, warts and all!!!
Bye for now
2 x Microdiscectomy 2005 / PLIFusion 2-level 2010 / revision surgery 2011 / NEVRO Senza spinal cord stimulator implanted February 2013. I WILL NOT GIVE IN / UP !!