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Complications after Myelogram

yooperyyooper Posts: 30
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:47 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had a successful ACDF in February of 2010 of C6/7 with about 5 months of relief. In July of this year I started with the same symptoms as I had before.....pain across the shoulder, numbness and tingling down my right arm. Blech! In August I went in for a MRI which showed "nothing" (except my fusion was doing well!)so they scheduled me for a myelogram which I had to wait almost 2 months to get in. Had that done yesterday. (no def. results yet)

Here is where it gets weird. The pain and numbness in my right arm is almost completely gone after the myelogram. ???? Could that happen? Even the strength in my arm is much better. ???? It hurt like hell when the dye was going up through my fusion but do you think the dye could have "moved" something that was pressing on a nerve? Sounds crazy but my cervical area feels pretty good.

Now for the other part. After the myelogram I had this constant pain/pressure below the injection site and it is not going away. I know it has only been two days but it hurts to walk, sit, bend and sometimes even lay down. THis afternoon I had tingling down to my toes which freaked me out. I don't have a headache like they talk about so I am glad for that but all day I have had nausea and vomiting and this constant pain in my lower back/butt/hips. Any thoughts???

What a long road to recovery this has been....a true rollercoaster. Any input would be appreciated. :)



  • MetalneckMetalneck Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,364
    Hope everything is improving ....

    1. Please contact your doctor first thing tomorrow morning and inform him of every and any new symptoms.

    2. The spine is a complicated and some times unpredictable structure. Could the mylogram moved something that caused some relief? - maybe but I would be more concerned with the new issues with the tingling in the toes and the pain in the low back, hips and tush. Also the N/V.

    Please update your doc with all of these issues and request his direction on what should be done next.

    Keep us posted and i will add you to my ever growing prayer list.

    Warmest regards,

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  • I had relly bad pins and needles in my hands and legs after my procedures.

    MAKE SURE you contact your Dr ASAP to let them know whats going on

    After my experience, I spoke to my Dr and he said that this can happen due to swelling of the spinal cord after the procedure as I fell twice from my legs being numb in the night when I got up to go to the bathroom..

    Keep us posted on your Drs advice on this.
  • I had a myelogram 5 days ago. After 3 days i started to get numbness off and on in my leg. Back pain nearly gone. I'm guessing from these posts that it is due to inflamation. I'm freaked by all this. Any more comments on post meyogram? I don't expect this to last forever, but could some people talk a while to heal? They don't tell you all this and I would have REFUSED the test had I known!!!
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