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I just found out that I have to have neck and back surgery a week apart I had two back surgeries in 1991 with 8 screws and 4 plates now I find out that I have 4 compressed vertebrae in my neck and also that the hardware in my lower back has my spine going in a bad direction so the surgeon has to take out part of the hardware and reconstruct my spine but first I need a myleogram I remember how painful they are can I be sedated for that and are they as painful as they were in 1991 any feedback is greatly appreciated



  • nutcase007nnutcase007 United StatesPosts: 879
    psyx25 - I had two myelograms over the years.  In 1997, I had my first one and it was very painful.  I found out later that myelograms of that era used "oil based" dye.  In 2016, my neurosurgeon ordered another myelogram.  I expressed my fears/concerns to him because of my 1997 experience and he told me that the dye is now "water based" so a lot smaller gauge needle is now used.  Yes, I had a great interventional radiologist perform the procedure in 2016, but my pain at the injection point was not much more pain than a venous blood draw. 

    With improvements in CT Scans, the time in the scanner has been reduced from an hour to just a couple of minutes.  Myelograms have changed for the better! 

    Do your due diligence, trust you know your body and question everything if it does not fit. Advocate for yourself and you will be surprised what will be revealed trusting your body and instinct.

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