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Myelogram with Cat SCAN... unbearable pain since procedure

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  • BlessedMom74BBlessedMom74 Posts: 322
    edited 03/29/2015 - 5:58 AM
    You said "tilted" me. Maybe the position they placed you in flared things up. That's what happened to me during my facet injection. The doctor placed me face down with a pillow under my chest and my chin tucked up against my chest. It flared me up horribly for days, I was in tears. It's possible the position they put you in aggravated your condition?
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
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  • CAR671CCAR671 Posts: 4
    edited 10/11/2015 - 11:23 AM
    I had a myelogram this past Thursday and have had a tremendous amount of pain ever since. Laying on my stomach had always been excruciating, and during the procedure to inject the dye, they put a pillow under my chin which only exasperated the pain. They literally had to have 3 techs hold me down in order to inject the dye because I was in so much pain. (Why in the world don't they lightly sedate patients for this procedure? You would think my screaming in agony would have clued them in) After the injection, right before the scan, I had a massive headache that literally felt like my head was ready to explode. My lumbar region has been worse than normal as well as pain, numbness & weakness in my left leg as well as a lot of additional pain in my cervical neck area. The only thing the nurse gave me for my headache was a 7.5 hydro, which didn't do squat since I normally take 6ea 10/325 Percocet for breakthrough & 2ea 60mg Oxycontin for PM. it's been 3 days now, I still have a bad headache....though it has been subsiding, but the main problem has been the lumbar & neck pain has tripled. If I'm standing and I cough or sneeze my legs literally buckle from the pain. I've been drinking lots of water & coffee in order to flush the dye from my system. My question is: is this normal? How much longer can I expect to experience this additional pain?
  • Thank you savage!
    Lots of great information here. I look forward to learning from others and sharing my own experiences.
  • Laura1977LLaura1977 Posts: 1
    edited 10/14/2015 - 8:52 AM
    I have an interstem in my bladder so I was unable to have a MRI. I have been unable to sit on my tailbone for about 5 months now due to discover issues. I was referred to [edit] so I felt like I was completely in good hands. I even drove 60 miles to have the myelogram. I have severe anxiety and panic attacks and am on medication for it. I told them this. I was never told not to take it but am now reading otherwise. I asked for anesthesia due to my issues, they assured me since they were giving me phentenol and vercid I would be fine. I was asleep when the procedure began. As soon as he stuck the needle in I woke up. I was in such severe pain I could not stand it. after the road after the procedure they rolled me around on the table back and forth trying to get the day to move so that they could do the cat scan. on the ride home I was so drugged up I could barely think straight I don't remember much after that for the rest of the day the next morning I woke up with a severe spinal headache and my legs would barely move by Saturday morning I was at the ER here in [edit] they treated me like I was crazy they said I probably just had a reaction to the dye and sent me home by Monday I was back at the ER this time my doctor sent me to the ER at [edit] and said I really needed to be seen. Once again they sent me home and said it was a reaction to the dye. Don't baby it they said you need to move your legs around. I'm at the end of my rope. Now I'm having burning with urination and my legs still feel like jello. I don't know what to do I see other comments on here with the same symptoms and I feel you guys pain.

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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    welcome to spine-health
    please click on link for helpful information!
    Sue
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  • Anonymous said:
    Hello all... 2nd time around for me... had ACDF c4-c5-c6 year and a half ago.... had a wonderful year and a half pain free... 2 months ago, the same old symptoms are happening.... and that dreadful pain is coming back.... eating vicodin to make it through the day at work....

    Had MRI and my Myelogram yesterday.... when they injected the dye and tilted me, I thought I was gonna die.... the pain in my back and neck was none like I have ever felt before....

    Although better today, the pain is extremely intense.... I feel like crawling in a hole and having someone shoot me...

    Has this happened to anyone!!

    Have EMG next week and then back to NS for results and see what happens next....

    THIS IS NOT living... this is hell!
    Hello, I hope I am commenting in the correct area...if not, I apologize since this is my first time here.
    I just had a Cervical Myelogram with CT Scan done yesterday at one of our local hospitals where my Neurosurgeon performs surgeries. I can tell you that I went through the very same excruciating pain you mentioned. I had been so worried about the actual spinal tap and contrast dye injection and when that wasn't too bad, I began to feel a sense of relief. Boy, was I ever wrong!! They had me face down, strapped to the cold, hard table and had thick iron bars jammed up against my shoulders to keep me from falling off the table. They also had my head bent backward so far and my chin propped up with towels to keep it bent backward. Then they tiled me downward, face first....that's when the unbearable, indescribable, excruciating pain began! It was so terrible, I thought I was going to scream and believe me, I have a very high pain threshold. But this pain was like none I have ever experienced!! And they continued to take their pictures while I was in so much pain! I have already had a 2 level fusion, have bone spurs, bulging discs, pinched nerves and scar tissue from the previous surgery!! My pain level was so high that my blood pressure skyrocketed (180/70) which caused them to keep me in recovery for 4 hrs. My neck and shoulders now hurt more than they ever have and my spine and back are also very very painful. I did not get any sleep last night since I was instructed to keep my head elevated for 24 hrs. to prevent the dye from going to my brain and causing severe Spinal Headaches. This morning, I feel worse than yesterday..I am in extreme pain from my neck down to my waist. I would NEVER EVER go through this test again..I do not understand how or why they would bend my head so far backward, knowing my medical..neck/surgery history. I know they were looking for the areas in my spine where the pinched nerves are but did they not take into consideration my other neck problems?? I am very irritated at this and I called my Neurosurgeon's office this morning (Sat.) and informed them of everything that happened and that I am not happy with the outcome.
    'Never Give Up'
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    welcome to spine-health
    please click on link for helpful information!
    Sue
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  • So here it is, just over a month later and I'm still in a great deal of pain in my lumbar area. I've always had pain here, but since the myelogram the pain has doubled. I have an appt today with my PM Dr and will be requesting some injections in the hopes of relieving this additional pain. I can't understand where or why I'm experiencing this new pain since the procedure and nobody seems to have an explanation. I understand the headache issue as a result of the dye (which I also experienced), but why would I still be experiencing this lower back pain? Could the dye have cause a problem with the surrounding nerves at the injection site? Could the tech have actually hit a nerve during the procedure?
    I just don't know. All I know is I've been miserable for the past 5 weeks and I haven't seen any improvement.
    Frustrating to say the least!
  • So sorry to hear about your experience Leona!! I know exactly how you feel! I went in for my myelogram so my neurosurgeon could get some better pictures of my neck before surgery, and the way the titled my neck up (just like you experienced) was ridiculous! My neck is in terrible shape, at EVERY level no less, and they force it up like there's nothing wrong, while three technicians hold me down. All the while I'm screaming (well....actually was yelling at them Enough! Enough!) in agony. I can assure you, after they sent me a "how was your experience" poll to fill out, I let them have it. I understand they need to get the best possible pictures they can, but c'mon....the overall lack of compassion and consideration these techs have for the people they perform these scans on, simply boggles my mind.
    All I can offer is my deepest sympathies for what you experienced. I know it's hard for most people to understand what you've been through, unless they've experienced it themselves. I wish you the very best with your surgery and hope the outcome is much needed pain relief.
    Regards,
    Chris
    Leona Johnson said:
    Anonymous said:
    Hello all... 2nd time around for me... had ACDF c4-c5-c6 year and a half ago.... had a wonderful year and a half pain free... 2 months ago, the same old symptoms are happening.... and that dreadful pain is coming back.... eating vicodin to make it through the day at work....

    Had MRI and my Myelogram yesterday.... when they injected the dye and tilted me, I thought I was gonna die.... the pain in my back and neck was none like I have ever felt before....

    Although better today, the pain is extremely intense.... I feel like crawling in a hole and having someone shoot me...

    Has this happened to anyone!!

    Have EMG next week and then back to NS for results and see what happens next....

    THIS IS NOT living... this is hell!
    Hello, I hope I am commenting in the correct area...if not, I apologize since this is my first time here.
    I just had a Cervical Myelogram with CT Scan done yesterday at one of our local hospitals where my Neurosurgeon performs surgeries. I can tell you that I went through the very same excruciating pain you mentioned. I had been so worried about the actual spinal tap and contrast dye injection and when that wasn't too bad, I began to feel a sense of relief. Boy, was I ever wrong!! They had me face down, strapped to the cold, hard table and had thick iron bars jammed up against my shoulders to keep me from falling off the table. They also had my head bent backward so far and my chin propped up with towels to keep it bent backward. Then they tiled me downward, face first....that's when the unbearable, indescribable, excruciating pain began! It was so terrible, I thought I was going to scream and believe me, I have a very high pain threshold. But this pain was like none I have ever experienced!! And they continued to take their pictures while I was in so much pain! I have already had a 2 level fusion, have bone spurs, bulging discs, pinched nerves and scar tissue from the previous surgery!! My pain level was so high that my blood pressure skyrocketed (180/70) which caused them to keep me in recovery for 4 hrs. My neck and shoulders now hurt more than they ever have and my spine and back are also very very painful. I did not get any sleep last night since I was instructed to keep my head elevated for 24 hrs. to prevent the dye from going to my brain and causing severe Spinal Headaches. This morning, I feel worse than yesterday..I am in extreme pain from my neck down to my waist. I would NEVER EVER go through this test again..I do not understand how or why they would bend my head so far backward, knowing my medical..neck/surgery history. I know they were looking for the areas in my spine where the pinched nerves are but did they not take into consideration my other neck problems?? I am very irritated at this and I called my Neurosurgeon's office this morning (Sat.) and informed them of everything that happened and that I am not happy with the outcome.
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