I am breaking down and going to the doc tomorrow to address this flare ive been in for a few weeks. meds are not cutting it and i think im gonna ask for another round of oral steroids to get it back under control. however heres the deal. last time it did this he said that if it did it again he wants to do a CT with myelogram since my flexicore ADR makes a mri difficult to see. i bargained with him to wait and see because although i have continued pain i can manage it for the most part with meds and altered lifestyle. I don't want to go back on the oxycontin and i dont want to have any procedure for fear of making the pain worse but damn if i am not about to go to the ER at this moment for some relief. Has anyone had the ct myelogram and what was your experience. i know the biggest thing is a spinal headache and will have to get help with my son for a day or two. i also know that the dye will irritate the hell out of my nerve pain. i asked the doc what was the point of having it done if i am not willing to have surgery. he stated that i would change my mind if i knew there was a chance of permanent injury. hell , like i havent got the permanent injury on the nerve already. Frankly i just want to cut off the leg and get a new one at walmart or something. I am getting really tired of the day in and day out pain and it sucks that the only way to get it to a level 2 is to do NOTHING but with a one year old that is not an option. So meds and tens unit keep me at a 4 on a good day so i can function.thinking about a lifetime of pain really sucks ass and makes me want a pint of Ben and Jerry's. time to send the hubby out to get me a pint of Chunky Monkey or Half-Baked.... (kinda already there with the meds.