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I need to have a discograph in the lumbar region. I've heard it could be quite painful. I would like to hear from some people who have had this procedure done.


  • I had a discograph this past month. My doctor didn't use any kind of pain meds or sedation. Expect it to be painful, and I was in there for about an hour. I was in tears by the time they were finished. I was also admitted in the hospital a couple days later for pain control. After about a week, the pain did go back to my regular pain. That being said, it is a necessary test doctors use to pinpoint the actual source of your pain before fusion surgery. Mine did show grade 4 and grade 3 annular tears that my MRI did not. It led my surgeon to believe that fusion surgery might help me. So I am thankful for that. Good luck! Just breathe and know that the test is necessary. It will be over before you know it!!
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    Ankylosing Spondylitis
    Bulging discs T12-L3
    Annular Tears with Disc Extrusion L4-S1
    Moderate Central Canal Stenosis
    Moderate Foraminal Stenosis
    Enlarged Facet Joints/Ligaments
    Spinal enthesopathy
    L4-L/5 PLIF with cages, rods, screws 2/15 

  • thanks for responding. I figured since their mission was to recreate the pain that it must hurt! I'll see about pain meds and sedation. By the way, I call my niece Jilly Bean!
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