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6months post-opL4L5S1 fusion 12months post-op discectomy

crashhccrashh Posts: 40
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:34 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello everyone, I hope you are all doing ok. I am still struggling here with my back and leg pain. I have been having an extreme amount of pain where my cage is in my lower back anytime I move. I kicked the pain pills back in May but because of this pain they stopped my PT last month and now I am unsure if pain pills are the way to go again:( I just called my doctor and asked what to do. They called me back today...finally and told me I will have to have a CT-Milogram, what exactly is a milogram and what happens when I go for the test, how long does it take etc. For what reason am I still in so much pain and why has it come along to be much much worse over the last 2 months? Thanks in advance for any info


  • The ct myelogram is: they inject dye into your lumbar spine (caused pain as it traveled through the spine but only briefly, I felt it travel up my spine) then they do a CT. other then the mild sting from the injection and the brief (probably less then 5 minutes) achyness of the traveling dye it was pain free. took about 30-45 minutes total but they kept me there for an hour post test to be sure i didnt have an adverse reaction. Standard protocol from what i was told. I had no adverse reactions, went home and rested the rest of the day. it was done at an outpatient imaging center.
    Mine was pre op. Hope this helps.
  • hi...sorry about the pain...i have had several myelograms. dye is injected into the sac that surrounds the spinal cord. then a ct scan is made. if there is pressure on the spinal cord less dye will be recorded. i had very little pain for my first 2 tests but on my last test for some reason i had bad pain that lasted 3 minutes during the end of the test....pete
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  • thx Pete
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