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Myelogram Questions and Concerns...

cojanes2323ccojanes2323 Posts: 1
edited 07/31/2015 - 3:40 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello! On July 28th I had a myelogram test performed. They inserted contrast and took x-rays then I received a CAT scan of my spine. I have 1 to 2 herniated disks around L-4 and L-5. I spoke to 3 different people before receiving the test and none of them told me of the immense pain I felt after the contrast was inserted. It started with a rush to my head, felt like my brain was going to explode. All I could do was take deep breaths and cover my eyes to stop myself from passing out. Then all of a sudden the muscles in my legs seized up. I felt pain in every muscle from my buttocks to my toes. It felt like every muscle in each leg was cramped up. They tilted me and took the pictures as I screamed in agony. After, they had me roll onto my back, back onto the gurney. I looked at my legs and saw that each muscle was being contracted and realized I couldn't move my legs (due to all my muscles already being used). The doctor even tried to physically bend my leg and could not due to the contracting of my muscles. About 30 minutes later the muscles were relaxed again and the pain had subsided. Its been 3 days and the pain in my lower back is worse than it was before the test and my leg muscles feel very tight and sensitive, like a constant cramp (like I've had numerous Charlie Horses in my legs).

Ive looked for symptoms similar to mine online and haven't found any. I'm hoping someone here can give me some answers. Is this a "normal" abnormal reaction? Did they mess up the test? Was it just a negative reaction to contrast? Did they insert the dye directly into my herniated disk, making it worse? PLEASE! Anything will help and will be greatly appreciated.


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  • Have had 2 myelograms and had a very similar reaction to your both times. The first one scared the heck out of me but I was ready for it the second time.

    When they injected the dye the muscles in my legs started to tighten in a very unnatural way. It started with my thighs and then went all the way down. My legs and feet twisted as if in some form of spastic spasm. Pain was unbearable - it felt like my legs were going to break. Nurses tried to straighten them out but couldn't get them to move - all they could do was hold me down while they got some images. When they turned me on my side the spasms in my legs let go and the muscles in my back and torso went into spasm. Then the pain in my head started - like a major migraine and the muscles around my left eye went into spasm.

    After the first one they admitted me into hospital and didn't let me out for about 5 days because I couldn't walk. They wanted to do the same after the second one but I wanted to go home. They took me out to the car in a wheelchair because, once again, I couldn't walk. Took 4-5 days to recover again.

    It's weird but it seems to be a rare reaction to the dye. Doctor who did mine said he'd never seen a reaction like that before.

    Dye has to work its way out and until it does it will add pressure because of the extra volume in the spinal canal. Drink plenty of fluids, especially caffeine such as coffee or coke, and this will help to flush it out of the system quicker.
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