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Saw my neurosurgeon yesterday. The 3 epidural steroid injections I had did not help at all. Now I am scheduled Monday for a myelogram to hopefully find the nerves causing the problem. He seems to think the L5 nerve is the problem.

I have read several things about a myelogram and have to say I am very nervous. I have headaches quite often and the thought of having a spinal headache after this procedure is very scary. I plan to stick to the bed for the 24 hours except to go to the bathroom because I sure don't want the spinal headache. I certainly hope after going through this they can find what is causing my problems.

I hope they will be able to give me something to calm me down before the procedure because I know I'm going to be a nervous wreck! If anyone has had a myelogram and has any other suggestions to help avoid the spinal headache , please let me know.

Thanks in advance for any advice you might have for me.


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,832
    but of course anyone having done the first time is going to be nervous.

    Years ago you were told after the procedure to keep you head down for 24 hours... Today, the general procedure is to keep your head evaluated at least 30 degrees for a number of hours and avoid any strenuous work.

    Doesnt matter what has been said, just follow the instructions given to you the day of the procedure

    As far as any calming medication, many ESIs and other injections today are done without any conscious sedation. That would be up to your doctor doing the procedure.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • The neurosurgeon called me this morning with my results. He said the only thing seen was bulging disc at L5-S1. He is aid no surgery needed. He is referring me for PT. Guess I'm just going to have to suck it up.
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