Myelogram with Cat SCAN... unbearable pain since procedure

Myelogram with Cat SCAN... unbearable pain since procedure

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Myelogram with Cat SCAN... unbearable pain since procedure

Hello all... 2nd time around for me... had ACDF c4-c5-c6 year and a half ago.... had a wonderful year and a half pain free... 2 months ago, the same old symptoms are happening.... and that dreadful pain is coming back.... eating vicodin to make it through the day at work....

Had MRI and my Myelogram yesterday.... when they injected the dye and tilted me, I thought I was gonna die.... the pain in my back and neck was none like I have ever felt before....

Although better today, the pain is extremely intense.... I feel like crawling in a hole and having someone shoot me...

Has this happened to anyone!!

Have EMG next week and then back to NS for results and see what happens next....

THIS IS NOT living... this is hell!

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Something does not sound right

I assume you had a MRI with contrast. That should not cause you any discomfort or pain.
Myelograms when done correctly and you follow post procedure instructions, again you should not be feeling discomfort.
A little soreness, yes, but not to the extent you are talking about.
I would contact your doctor to just discuss this.

I have to apologize in advance since on the forums no one can really tell what another member's pain threshold is.

Like I said, these procedures should not create anything more than a little soreness. Only you know your thresholds and since you've been through surgery before, I can only assume you understand different levels of pain.

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dogpatchpa01 (not verified)
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Lumbar puncture with dye

This was a lumbar puncture with dye... not the vein contrast for MRI... when they shot the dye in the spine, I nearly passed out....

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I know EXACTLY what you mean

I had a myelogram 1/20 on my neck and have had terrible lower back pain ever since. Also my legs get so weak and trembly I can hardly walk. I had never had any lower back pain before. They told me its extremely rare for anyone to have side effects like these. Have you called your dr back and told them about it? If not, I'd do that first and see what they say. PM me if you'd like to talk more. Debbie

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I had the same procedure

I had the same procedure recently.I had a killer headache for about 1 hour. I would call the DR and let him know ASAP. They might want to look at the injection site or at least attempt to control your pain. Good Luck

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dogpatchpa01 wrote:Hello

dogpatchpa01 wrote:
Hello all... 2nd time around for me... had ACDF c4-c5-c6 year and a half ago.... had a wonderful year and a half pain free... 2 months ago, the same old symptoms are happening.... and that dreadful pain is coming back.... eating vicodin to make it through the day at work....

Had MRI and my Myelogram yesterday.... when they injected the dye and tilted me, I thought I was gonna die.... the pain in my back and neck was none like I have ever felt before....

Although better today, the pain is extremely intense.... I feel like crawling in a hole and having someone shoot me...

Has this happened to anyone!!

Have EMG next week and then back to NS for results and see what happens next....

THIS IS NOT living... this is hell!

Oh yeah - brings back memories I hate to remember. I've had many CT/Myelograms w/ contrast over the years, but the last one was the only time I've ever had that happen to me. At the time, my L3/L4 disk was flattened and the 2 vertebrae was in a bone on bone condition (I've got Spondylolisthesis, among other spinal problems), and to say the least the nerve area was extremely sensitive from the severe disk compression. I was okay until the tech rotated me from horizontal to vertical and the dye got the chance to move into the problem area. It happened so fast and hurt so bad I was literally screaming for the tech to rotate the table back. At the time I was getting pre-op pics taken for my 3rd spinal surgery ( and I had already increased my pain med dosages significantly. I normally use 1 100mcg Duragesic patch, Percocet 10/325's for breakthrough, and 100mg Demerol tabs for when things get really bad, like then. I was using 2 100mcg patches, the Demerol and had doubled my Percocet intake. While I've experienced much worse pain, it just took me by surprise at how fast it hit and the severity of it.

I've theorized that the problem was due to the dye coming into contact with an already severely tender nerve area. That's the only thing that fit my particular situation - the tech was rotating me vertical so the dye could flow down, before rotating me back for the first plain film shots. I could feel the pain hit when the dye made its way to the problem area, and down the entire L3/4 nerve pathway like someone had literally stuck a needle into it.

Where most people usually have a problem is if the tech screws up and rotates you to the point where your head is below horizontal - in other words, your feet are higher than your head is. In that case, what happens is the dye can can make its way to the brain stem cause a really bad headache and nausea. A good Rad tech won't let your head get below your feet.

So, yes it does happen, and I really don't think there's much you can do to prepare for it, except maybe to make sure your pain med level it up, and a good anti-inflammatory.

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What can you do when it doesn't go away?

I'm still trying to deal with this aching lower back pain and leg weakness. Will it get better? How long can it take? This is very frustrating. Now I'm not only dealing with my cervical problems but also this new pain. I now see how hard it is on people with lower back issues!!

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OMG!!!

Hello all a newbie here! I am waiting to get sheduled for Myelogram /CT sounds really painful! Anything I can do to prepare for this? My chiropractor has told me I have rotated L1 and L2 I have numbness and pain in my right leg and hip. do I even need this test or should I just ask my doc to send my to an Ortho? The pain is becoming unbearable chiropractor seems to make me more sore and MRI showed a small or slight bulging in disk of L4 And L5 I am really confused about all the happenings and readings of exrays and MRI and now a new test! Holy cow!!!!!

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myelogram pain

had a ct myelogram of cervical spine. everything went fine, no "expected" problems, but after 4 days I still have some back pain. Its a bit less each day, but I can't find out how long it should last. I have little kids and not much help. The docs all say I "shouldn't" have a problem

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myelogram

Still have a question. Two weeks post myelogram. My back pain is gone, except for a twinge. BUT my leg keeps going numb. Started a few days after the test. Lasted for 4 days, stopped for 4 days, then started again. Sometimes off and on. the doc says it will go away, and is probably dye related, but it is worrying me very much. I've spoken privately to a couple of you, and I am SO grateful. I am wondering if there is anyone else out there who has had such an odd reaction. Can't imagine living life like this!!!

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Myelogram headache

I had a myelogram on Thursday 8/1. At the end of the myelogram I started to lose consciencness. Has anyone ever heard of this? I was sent home 2 hours later with no discharge instructions. Got a severe headache immediately following the procedure. Here it is 3 days later and I still have a headache. Was given Percocet for pain but it doesn't last very long. My discharge instructions were mailed to me and I received them 2 days AFTER my procedure. Didn't know I was supposed to lay down for 12 hours and not lift anything. I went to work the following day and have been suffering since the procedure. I've read that the headache can last up to a week. Anyone have any input?

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