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Scared to death

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

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  • nutcase007nnutcase007 United StatesPosts: 672
    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! 


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