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CT Myelogram - What to expect

I'm schedule for a CT Myelogram on November 6th and I'm very nervous. I've just heard so many bad things about them. Are they as bad as I've heard? The doctor's office told me that I will be back to normal activity the next day and I shouldn't have to worry about the spinal headache that I've heard about from others. This test is basically my last option to finding out what is wrong with my back so I pray that they can figure it out. I wake up in the morning and my legs are numb from the waste down, I have a nerve in my left butt cheek that is very angry and most pain is on my left side that has not gone away and actually gotten worse since my first surgery in 2009. I've since had 3 more surgeries.

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  • I've had two myelograms followed by CT scans, and while they are not the most pleasant of tests, they do serve a purpose, since the contrast really allows the radiologist to see any compressions in the nerve root sleeves, as they exit the spinal canal itself.
    The best thing that I can tell you is to follow the discharge instructions exactly. I was told not to let my head get higher than 20-30 degrees for the first 24 hours- which is about one pillow high..Drink lots of beverages with CAFFEINE- hot tea, coffee, coca cola soda for it's caffeine content.....caffeine for some reason helps your body to rid itself of the dye quicker and helps prevent headaches. Get up only to eat or use the toilet, and get right back down on the pillow until that 24 hours is up. If you do those things you shouldn't get a spinal headache. If you do , however, call the radiologist who performed the myelogram and he can arrange a blood patch for the needle puncture if necessary...
    The fear was worse for me than the actual test, although I did have a funny reaction when they inserted the contrast medium, my leg kicked the radiologist- I had no control over it, at all but it was due to the compression of the nerves.
    If you have any more questions, feel free to PM me..
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