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one week and counting

strakerstraker Posts: 1,851
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:47 AM in Spinal Injections
its been a long coming but in just 7 days i will be having my discography ..its about the only diagnostic test i haven't had .as for epidurals and facet joint injections i have had loads in the past and they never worked the last epidural was a nightmare ..the consultant anaesthetist has so many problems trying to get the needle in my mess as of a back she nearly broke the needle and i was in so much pain she has to virtually fully anaesthetise me !! i just hope that my consultant bio mechanical orthopedic surgeon is as good as i have been told !{and he is able to offer me something to help with this horrible debilitating constant pain }


  • Can I ask why you are getting more tests? I thought you were all set for surgery later this year.

  • Fingers crossed my friend. I am hoping so much they find that you are a candidate for surgery and hopefully resolve some of the awful pain you've been having. *HUGZ*

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Fingers crossed for a good outcome for you!
  • make sure that it would be a good move so hence the discography and i have had to wait a full year for it ..my surgeon is one of a handful in the UK that can do the surgery required that's why i have had to wait so long .its been a hell of a wait .and 4 years or mega pain .i am hoping that within the next 6 months things take a turn for the better ..i have changed my outlook on things in this last year .i was always glass half empty ..now i am glass half full.
  • i must admit i am scared witless .i know its only a procedure rather than an operation but the state that i am in at the moment i am dreading it ,its the drive to the hospital the booking in and the inevitable waiting around in a hot waiting room i am
    dreading it .knowing my luck i will be last on the waiting list .i cant have anything to drink or eat from 12tonight .and i do love my cups of tea .7,30am we have to be there .i hope it goes well because even though i have had many spinal procedures i have never had a discography and from what i have been told and read they are no picnic.kath has taken 4 days of work to help me around the house afterwards and sort my doctor out regarding my pain killers {i still don't know what gotten in to him about that} but we will sort it out .i can't manage on less its impossible .anyway i wont be posting for a couple of days .so see you all soon and wish me luck

  • Tony,

    Good luck man! I hope this procedure "gives the go" for your complex surgery with the best of the best of the UK!!! *HUGZ*

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • the hospital was very clean and the staff excellent .but the procedure was bloody awful first i has to be there at 7.30am did not go to theater until 3 am {no food or drink from 9pm the night before} the sedation was a joke i was as if i had not had any .the discography hurt like hell and i did shout out funk or something like that ..then apologizes 1 the theater staff were very understanding and the surgeon was impressed with me ..he want to see me in two weeks to talk about an operation ..he has another top spinal surgeon there today {just visiting} but she took an interest in my case ..as its a bad one ..she understood why other surgeons would not touch me .and they have asked if they can use my operation as a case study to teach student in the future .i said i would have a think about it and take to the surgeon in clinic in two weeks ..so now i am back at home i am tired and in pain .but i am on my recliner and kath has been fantastic as usual today .thanks to all the PM and well wishers
    tony x
  • Tony,

    From everything you just posted, it looks like the operation is still on. Excellent for you Tony, excellent! Hopefully now with the "unknown" for whether the test will allow for surgery gone, you can settle down a little, and as such the pain comes down a little? Support *HUGZ* and wishing you less and less pain. :)

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Well that could be good. Lots of eyes watching out for you. And you know they will do everything possible to get the best outcome.
  • I hope that means the outcome of the discogram was what you were hoping for? And now it's over, and the surgery is next, and hopefully some relief, finally! Yay!
  • I'm so glad you're home with your wonderful Kath and the test/surgery is finally over with - so sorry that it didn't go more smoothly or as painless as they told you.
    But at least now you're on the right road and it's teriffic another surgeon has taken an interest in your case!! And they seem to agree already that you DO need that surgery, hurray!!
    Take it easy, let your beautiful wife take good care of you and rest up. You're still in my thoughts and prayers honey :)
    Warm soft {{{hugs}}} xxx
  • So glad to read this update from you, Tony, finally! I have been wondering all day about you...

    SO did the doctor inject dye into your discs? And did it leak out? Do you have leaking discs? For a discogram they cannot sedate you as much as you'd like because you have to be awake for the procedure so you can tell the doctor if it is hurting or not; basically, they are trying to re-create the pain you've been having. IF they can re-create the same pain, then that means your discs are leaking. When they inject the dye, if it leaks out, it hurts. This is what I've been dealing with for 19 months now. I know how you are feeling, friend!!

    Don't feel so bad, I yelled out loud during my discogram also,so loud my mom and other patients in the waiting room heard me, and I was in the farthest corner of the building, far away from the waiting room. One thing is the discogram can't hurt worse than the worst pain you've already felt. I'm so glad it is over for you. :::HUGS::: You will be extra sore for a couple of days, but hopefully not too bad.

    At least you can rest well tonight, knowing at least this part is over. For me, the facet joint injections I had were much worse, btw, and totally unnecessary in my case.

    See you on FB! Get some rest now and treat yourself to some ice cream or something good!! ~Molly
  • Glad its over for you now. Take extra gentle care of yourself the next few days.

    Bless your wife Kath, she is great! You are so lucky to have her support. Hopefully this is a step in the right direction for a future with less pain.

    Keep us posted on how you are doing.

    Take care,
  • That it all went well Tony...MAKE SURE you take it easy over the next few days as I got wobbly legs after one of my discograms..

    I hope that in 2 weeks they will give you an operation date and proceeed quickly so you get some relief fast..

    Take care my friend and Im glad that your home safe.
  • I'm so glad for you that the diso is done now and can plan where to go from here when you see your Surgeon. Hope your pain is easing up. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • i am so thirsty .i have been up since 3 am again ..so nothing new there ! it was a lot more painful that i thought but it was over very quickly .he looked and tested L3/4/5 I i am not too sure exactly what was injected in to the disk but it hid hurt like hell .he did promise loads of sedition but that's was not the case .the good bit is thee will be an operation .when ?? i am not too sure but he has put me down as urgent {most follow ups are 6 weeks min } but i am down for a two week follow up ..so i think he want to get on with it ..the other surgeon i found out is a specialist in congenital abnormalities and trauma to the spine .she was studding my MRI scans when i was in theatre and all she kept doing as shaking her head with disgust at the last attempt at surgery ..she totally agreed that i need some major surgery doing and she was unable to believe that i could even walk let alone drive she was not at all surprise that i was enable to sleep and i am in terrible pain all the time and she said that it was cruel to have left me for so long without some attempt to restore my spine .they intend to rebuild the lower end of my spine ..from what i can gather they want to do it as an urgent so i should imagine that i will be back in hospital with in a month .so i will keep you up to date as and when in know ..right folks i can feel my eyes shutting ..so it time to get curled up on the recliner and sleep
    goodnight all
    tony x
  • Tony,

    I am hoping you are sleeping peacefully now. I am glad that they classified you "urgent" so you get in faster. Hopefully soon you will have a date, and too know that hopefully there will be a "light" at the end of that ridiculously painful tunnel!! Please keep us posted on how it is going. Glad to hear of your good news Tony.

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • well i did sleep on my recliner until 9.30am that's good for me .mind you i was so tired ..the news is just sinking in now ..BIG OP SOON !! i have been so disappointed with the last two i just hope that Mr 5 can pull one out of the bag and make a difference {in a positive way} i will find out what and when in two weeks in clinic ..maybe i will be seen before this Christmas ?? but with all the NHS cut backs who knows ?? i know that its going to be a hard operation to recover from and i know its going to take time but if i don't do it now whilst i am still relatively young 44 .by the time i am 50 i will be finished ..so i must give it a go .at least when i have the operation i will be asleep !!
  • Hi Tony,
    Those are the same discs I had injected. Looks like you and I are in the same boat, but maybe you'll have surgery before me? I plan to visit with a new surgeon in October to discuss options.
    For now, they've got me on heavy pain meds. I feel like a walking pharmacy. Hope you were able to get some sleep last night!!
  • being difficult about my meds {after two years!} mind you he has not had the surgeons results of the discography yet and the surgeons opinion of my MRI scan .so we will see .all i want is to be a pain free as possible .have my operation and then eventually reduce the meds and get some quality of life .i am under no illusions i know that i will never be pain free ..so i know that some sort of pain killers will be involved for the rest of my life ..my only fear is that i get worse
  • Tony,

    Glad to hear you did in fact sleep a bit. :) As to sleeping in surgery, hehe, I said that to my hubby on my last one! He asked if I was nervous, and I told him no (and I wasn't for some reason), I told him what I like, is it (the op) will probably be the best sleep I've had in a long time! Sorry, you made me chuckle there. Just try and stay positive, and hopefully you will have a date soon. *HUGZ*

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • I hope they get you in soon! Very soon!

  • Good news then Tony at last.
    You and me both.I'm due under the knife on October 19th(if there's a bed) so just remember . . . it's not a race.:doh:
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