Hi I'm having a discogram done in 2 days! I had one done in 2003 on 3 levels & was told all three were positive so they are doing 4 levels this time. The last time I could barely walk for a month after & the dr said it was bc my back was so bad. Apparently they could barely do any pressure in the test. I am scared to death at this point bc the NS said if 3 levels are still bad he will not be able to do fusion. I am 43 years old & have had 3 back surgeries one for bone spur then fell on ice & ruptured disc. Then a week later had a spinal fluid leak so they had to repair. I also have a spinal cord stimulator implanted. The pain is at the point that I do not have a life. I have been on short term disability & FMLA for 2 mos through my work & my time is running out. I have to get this fixed. I have one level that is none on bone & stenosis of the nerve canal according to myelgram. I just want my life back! I have had so many expensive injections, burning of nerves, tests, diagnostic tests. All very expensive even with insurance. I am a single mom & thankfully my youngest is 17 but I have to get some relief. I take OxyContin 40 mg bid & Percocet 10 mg up to 5 per day. Plus use my stimulator. The pain is horrid when I am working. While I've been home resting it has been bearable but as soon as I do anything such as go to grocery store I am down for the count for a couple of days. I can't even twist enough to clean myself after going to the bathroom. (Sorry to be so blunt). Chronic pain is horrible & I wouldn't wish it on anyone. I am really praying this test shows only 2 bad so they can actually fix me. I need to get back to work within a month to ensure my job is secure according to OK FMLA laws. I see the surgeon a week after my discogram. I was told the dr that's doing this uses no sedation. I am praying they at least give some pain relief after the test is done while in recovery. Like I said last time I couldn't even get out of the recliner they put me in & was unable to walk without assistance for a month. Please pray for me! Welcome to Spine-Health
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