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No Drugs for Me

downinmyheartddowninmyheart Posts: 497
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I have decided not to take any pain meds or anything (tens, heat etc) for a week leading up to my discogram so that I can reestablish my "normal" pain. I want to know exactly what I am feeling when the procedure is done. Does this make sense to you, or am I just a glutton for punishment? :?

One Love,



  • It makes sense to me, because pain medicines can alter or mask over the pain. But also keep in mind that you can go into withdrawals. What medicines are you on? If you're on Fentanyl like me, or others like it, it will make you extremely sick. Talk to your doctor and tell him what you plan on doing and why, and see what he thinks. I never had a discogram, and I don't know how sensitive the test is.
  • On occasion, but I really don't like to take pills. I'd rather have a bourbon. (not that I drink that all day or everyday or anything either) I'd really rather not take anything.

    I don't think I will have a problem with withdrawal is the point I am *trying* to get to. :)

    One Love,

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  • your doctor feels that it is ok, go for it. Be prepared to take some after. From what I have read, some docs will give numbing shot after results and some won't.
  • You should be ok if you only take them once in awhile plus they are one of the lowest on the list as a pain reliever. Discuss this with your Dr. Its only Monday. Would hate to see you suffer during the week, if the pain acts up on you.

    Now are they giving you concious sedation for the procedure?? So that you are semi comfortable as this is a painful procedure. Not for all, but for some.

    My dr explained to me that If I ever decided to have it , it would be in the hospital and they would make me as comfortable as possible. Plus send me home with stronger meds when I got home due to some people being uncomfortable after the procdure.

    Now after all treatments are tried has surgery ever been mentioned as in a fusion??? Just curious. Yes I know thats the last resort.

    What does discectomy SX 2000 mean?? That you had a discectomy already??? The SX 2000 screwed me up ;)

    I wish you the best of luck hunny and I sure hope this works for you!!!! O:) O:) O:) O:) O:) Will be thinking of you!!! >:D< >:D< >:D< >:D< >:D< >:D<
  • I did have a disectomy in September of 2000. I dunno if they are going to give me anything to calm me or not. I don't find out until I talk to the person performing it.Normally during steroid shots and such they will give me a valium, so I can still feel the pain but don't yelp about it. Apparently valium make me cry as last time I wept and wept after they wheeled me in to be monitored for a minute before I went home.

    I basically have no disc left at L5-S1, the doc wants to fuse that one for sure. They want to do the discogram to find out if I am a candidate for replacement at L4-L5 as I have an annular tear there. If not, he wants to do a two level fusion and do something else at L3-L4 cause something funky is going on with that one too!

    Yeah, I have been dealing with this crud for 10 years, some days better than not.
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  • If a doctor has prescribed you medication and you want to deviate from that medication schedule, discuss it with the doctor first.

    If this is the same doctor that requested the discogram, then he/she is aware of the meds you are taking and will know whether or not to expect them to make a difference in the outcome of the test.

  • I had one also, and besides your response as yes normal pain...They also measure how much they inject into the disc to get your response. the L3-4 was miled pressur with high pressurization and 1.5 cc for end point, L4-5 1.5cc, contrast extending to lateral marg, pain 9 of 10. L5 S1 2cc inj not end point, pain 10 of 10 contrast was leaking into L5-S1 lateral recess, so in essance They know how much it hurts, and the floroscopy will show the leaks and tears. I stopped my meds 2 days before and boy did I need them, and extra Rx for about 2 weeks after (per Doctors orders) and I used ice packs, these really help take the edge off. You might want to call and talk to the nurse, and see what the doc recommends. Good luck on your test, I feel for ya! Rose
  • Stephanie,
    I would not bother not taking meds. you will know exactly which discs are causing the pain. I had two bad discs and my pain was off the charts during the discrogram. I cried silently. I wanted to scream and jump off the table. for some it's not so bad... but if your discs are as bad as you already think they are... it's gonna hurt and if you took a pill or two earlier that day won't make much, if any difference. hope it's not as bad as it was for me!
  • For your sincere and varied comments. I really do appreciate the sounding board you have created.

    One Love,

  • Just my opinion, but I'd think 72 hours without pain meds would be sufficient.
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