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Disc Inflation/Pressure Test???

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
Disc Inflation Test?????

I am 17 days post op from a lumbar laminectomy/discectomy L4/5. It didn't work, and the pain is worse. I had another MRI with contrast dye and sure enough, the bulge is worse. I have lost some feeling and use of my left foot and leg, so he wants the ALIF done as soon as possible. We wants me to have a disc inflation test done first, to make sure he doesn't miss any of the surrounding areas that may need to be fused as well. I'm waiting for the pain management specialist to call me to set up the appointment. All my ns told me was that it is VERY painful. I was in such a daze in the office, I didn't think to ask anything about it; I just nodded my head. My husband said it was disc inflation or something like that. My doctor's office is closed and I would like to research this before Monday. I can't find any info on it anywhere. If anyone knows what this is, PLEASE give me details. I'm a little freaked out about it.



  • HI Shelley...I haven't posted here in a long time, so you probably don't recognize me...but I think the test you are speaking about is a discogram. They inject dye into the disc causing pain and also into levels above/ below. Unfortunately, they need your feedback during the test. This is why they don't sedate you. They will ask if you feel the presure, or if you feel pain. If you feel pain they will want to know if it is your "Normal" pain. This helps them to pin point the area causeing you problems. Then, and MRI is done while the dye is still in the disc. Often times doctors will do this test proir to surgery. My doctor told me the films are like a road map for him, and the responses you give alow him to be sure he is taking care of the disc that is truly causing pain. It is painful, but the info it gives is much needed.
    I hope that helps. Good luck.
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