About 4 years ago I had a herniated disc. A doctor performed a meylogram to confirm source of pain and diagnose severity and treatment. During the procedure I experienced very severe cramping in all muscles of both legs below my waist. Two nurses were tasked to try and massage these to get the cramps to release but to no effect. I was offered pain medication three times but declined the first two only accepting at the insistence of the attending who, after the procedure, ask if I was okay and commented, "That was a pretty rough experience."
Two days later I had a splitting headache and this was diagnosed as a leak of spinal fluid associated with the Meylogram. I learned this can be a common problem. It was fixed with a procedure called a "blood patch" that worked well.
Since the Meylogram I have experienced cramps in my right leg (the one affected by the herniated disk with classic symptoms of foot numbness, etc.). They occur at night and began in my right calf - I would suddenly wake up with this very unpleasant pain. Sometimes the cramps would be in my ankle, of all places, or even the bottom of my foot. Then, I started getting a cramp that ran from the inside of my right knee all the way up into my groin - the Sartoris muscle I think and this is extremely painful. It always happened following what was now overexertion - that was not experienced before. You don't want to have this cramp. It can last up to 15 minutes and washes me out - almost to the point of nausea. There have been times when I have had this in both legs at the same time.
I have tried to find out what is causing this. It does follow hiking or something like that but I am careful not to overdo. It always happens late in the evening or can happen in the night waking me up with I move only slightly. I have tried to make sure there is enough potassium in my diet, that I am hydrated, stretch, etc. Recently, my wife asked if it might be possible it was a result of the Meylogram. And, to be sure, it is very similar to the severity of cramping I had during that test. Indeed, it is the only other time I've had cramping this severe. It makes me wonder if during the test certain nerves were affected by the injection or dye in a more permanent way. And that certain types of physical activity now cause my leg(s) to react as they started doing during the test. And over time this has gradually gotten worse.
Has anyone ever had side effects like this from a Meyelogram that were lasting for more than a couple of years?