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OMG! I survived Discogram today!

SueDSSueD Posts: 545
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:41 AM in Lower Back Pain
Well, I'm home and alive! I had heavy sedation and I know it was extremely painful. However, when I came round and returned to the ward, I wasn't quite sure if I told them how much it hurt because I don't remember talking to anyone!

I know at one stage the pain went right into my left foot, which really surprised me as the problem has always been on the right side - to say I was confused was an understatement. I don't know if I shouted in pain or just went 'ouch'. The heavy sedation was marvellous - wish I could have it at night when I go to bed though.

They gave me a piece of paper afterwards which reads:

L4/L5, high volume, low pressure, POSITIVE FOR PROVOCATION and
L5/S1 low volume, high pressure, POSITIVE FOR PROVOCATION - I obviously, at some point, must have made my feelings clear then!

I'm so glad it's all over. I came straight home after an uncomfortable 2 hour drive, sat down and promptly fell asleep for nearly 3 hours. Not very good company for my hubby, but I'm sure he understands!

I'll wait for an appointment to discuss the results and see if there's anything further they can help me with. I've had many negative comments from consultants in the past that have basically told me to 'go home, get on with your life and it'll get worse as you get older' etc. etc. that I'm prepared for anything this new consultant tells me. To have been offered the discogram by him is a blessing because it may pinpoint what is/isn't causing the pain - which is all good. I'm not sure what all the high/low volume or low/high pressure means, but no doubt they'll tell me when I see them next.

I'm feeling pretty sore at the moment, but wanted to let you all know how it went. Thanks for all your comments and support - it's really appreciated.


Thanks guys/gals!
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 !!


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