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discogram yesterday - worst pain ever today

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in Lower Back Pain

I had my discogram yesterday - the procedure itself wasn't too bad. They gave me lots of drugs. Got home, not too much pain. About 7pm all of a sudden I got this incredible nerve pain down my left leg. Granted i've had that nerve pain for awhile, but this is the worst pain I've ever been in. It's like someone twanged (is that a word?) my nerve and it never calmed down. I can barely walk, sitting is agony and the only postion that I can lay down in is on my tummy - makes watching tv difficult!

Has anyone had a similiar experience? I'm calling my dr. as soon as his office opens for someone heavy drugs, but I am scared that I'm going to be like this for a while! I have 2 younger kids and a ton of Christmas presents to wrap. YIKES!

Thanks for your words of wisdom

Su :''(


  • Were you able to call the doctor's office? I never had one of these tests so I can't be of any help- but my thoughts and prayers are with you! Hope you feel better soon!

    PS Have another family member wrap the gifts- that was easy. And listen to music today instead of TV :)
  • Thanks Turtle:

    Somehow we never trust people to do as good a job as we can do ourselves! I put a book on my ipod this morning and now I am just trying to stay comfy.

    Put a call in to my doc but no reply ~X( whats a girl to do.

    Thanks again

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  • I had a discogram done on November 19th and the 20th I was in excruciating pain. On the 21st my husband and I left to go on vacation to Florida which meant we drove from Delaware to Florida. I luckily was on hydrocodone every 4 hours and that was the only thing that got me through. I had to really take it easy on my vacation and actually missed out on going to SeaWorld because I could not get out of bed, but after about 4 days I was back to my normal pain. It will get better but I could not have done it without pain meds so I would suggest getting something from your doc. Hope that helps some!

  • call you back today? I have a friend who had this procedure and took her over a week to feel better. Just depends on how bad your nerve damage is, I guess. I'm so glad they kept you sedated during the procedure, though!

    Hope you find some relief. I've had to go to the ER once in so much nerve pain I was also only able to lay on my stomach. That was NO fun at all.

  • Once they hit the L5/S1 I was in so much pain. I was pulled out of work and have been in disability since. My back hurt pretty bad before the procedure, obviously, however, after having the procedure, it flared my back up and it never settled down. I was stuck on the couch for 3-4 days afterward and couldn't hardly move.
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  • I forgot to mention that I was not put to sleep for this procedure nor did I have any IV pain meds at all. They gave me 2 xanax 15 mins before procedure which didn't help.
  • before my surgery last year. My doc told me ahead of time that it would be the worst pain that I ever felt in my life and he was right. I was given fentanyl and versed but was completely awake and alert. I had my surgery two days later and it was pretty much down hill from there. The pain that you are experiencing is more than likely normal but always good to check with doc. Good luck and please keep us posted.
  • He said if it doesn't hurt then your disc is ok. I had to wait from Feb 08 - July 08 before I could have surgery because the ortho wanted to do disc replacement but my insurance wouldn't approve it so I appealed them 3 times then gave up and had the fusion because I was in too much pain to fight anymore. I will mostly need to fused at L4/L5 in 5-15 years but I was hoping I could at least get a good 10yrs out of this back before more surgery.
  • OK so the dr. finally called me back at 4pm Friday afternoon. His theory is either the pain meds that they inject in my back during the procedure have worn off and I am just having post discogram pain (which he said could last 2 weeks) or I fully ruptured the disc that was just torn, and that the pain could last until I have surgery @)

    He wrote me a script for oxy, but since it can't be faxed to the pharmacy he would stick it in the mail. Yipee, maybe I will get it today, but most likely not until Monday. He wouldn't prescribe anything like valium to get me through until then. :''(

    So here I am up at 5am on a Sat. morning because my drugs wore off and I am now waiting for my norco to kick in.

    I'm trying not to whine, thanks for all your advice and stories.

  • They wouldn't let you pick up the script or let someone else do it? I always have to drive to my docs to pick up my refills each month or less depending on how long they last. Sometimes they only give me 10-20 days worth and I complain because I don't like driving 30 minutes one way to pick up script every 10 days so I've asked that they increase the number of pills.

    Sorry to hear you are still in so much pain.
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