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hi! This is my first post, although I have read too many to count. I’m 38 female. I had a discogram procedure yesterday on 3 levels, L3,4,5. Prior to the procedure I had read horror stories. The sugeron and his team were wonderful. I was given Fentanyl and Versed during and following the procedure. So my memory is fuzzy, but I do recall pain, as well as, tingling and numbness down my right leg. I have been in quite a bit of pain since the procedure, which I would assume is normal. I will receive the results from my Neurosurgeon on a Thursday. 

I’ve read about “positive and negative” discograms. While I’m not looking for diagnosis, I would love to hear others experience. What did you remember from the procedure? They performed a CT following the discogram. Is it possible to have a positive discogram without excruciating pain during the procedure? 

If you had a discogram, what were next steps that you faced? Thanks in advance!



  • I’m glad that they’ve gotten away from the barbaric tough-it-out mentality from 9 years ago when I had one done.  After a traditional X-ray and mri, it was shown where I did not have any disc left at the L4-L5 level.  My ortho surgeon wanted confirmation of that before doing a fusion, so he wanted me to have a discogram.

    well, nothing was given to me beforehand or during...they injected the dye in my different levels...just felt a lot of uncomfortable pressure during those injections.  Then, when he injected into my L4-L5 level, I felt pain like I had easily never felt before...EVER...the dye just flooded out, so I guess he got his answer.  I had water coming out of my eyes and almost came off the table...he was yelling at me that I had to stay still...I could have knocked the hell out of him...before injecting any areas, he said that I would feel only pressure for okay discs and “my usual pain”  if it was bad...but that pain was way more than what I had ever had...I remember him telling his assistant to “give him a quarter of morphine”...that shot did absolutely nothing...was wheeled into a recovery room for awhile before going home.  I did not have any tests afterwards...I had really high pain for 4-5 days afterwards and could not bend completely upright for a week...just brutal

    I do know that I will never go through that again no matter what..but I did have a fusion in that area

    don’t quote me, but I think that I have read where a disc could be damaged but really no extra pain during a disco gram, but don’t quote me on that...you should discuss your concerns with the doctor

    good luck in getting your issue(s) taken care of!

  • How do you pronounce discogram?


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