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Just Had a Diskogram

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,322
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:36 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi Just joined today.
I have been dealing with back pain since Dec 08. Anyhoo just had a diskogram done this week and they finialy found out that my L4/L5 is causeing 100% of my back pain. However when the Dr started inflating my L5/S1 I felt nothing, he put in 3 times the normal amount, just to see if he could recreat my leg pain. And I felt nothing. I haven't yet seen my Surgen to get the full report. However the Dr that did this said that this disk is so bad he could inject and inject and I would never feel the pain that I did on the L4/L5 one. Why is this? And should I prepare myself for a fusion?

for any and all conments.


  • I believe when you feel nothing it is because the disc is so leaky that it cannot be "pressurized" by the injection of the fluid (dye). It may turn out that you have problems at both the L4-5 and L5-S1 levels. The cause of the problem, degenerative disc disease, disc herniation, etc., will dictate the procedure -- perhaps a fusion or perhaps it can be dealt with a discectomy or similar procedure...perhaps you'll be a candidate for artificial disc replacement.

    When do you see your surgeon?

    In addition to this forum, there are many useful and informative articles written by spinal specialists on this site. If you are interested in learning more about the discogram procedure, read here:



  • I will be seeing a neurosurgeon Oct.9th

    I had a discectomy back in 2002 and went almost six years pain free and bam the pain is back. This time the pain is mostly in my lower back, but sometimes my leg as well. Very different than last time. The Dr that did the discogram told me that there is no major bulging dics and he says a discectomy isn't going to help this time. Bascily I worried about going through another back surgery, but need to do somthing so I can get back to my life with out taking 6 to 8 oxycodone a day.

    One more thing I guessing that I am not the only one that has went throught heck trying to figure out what was causing my pain. I've had 2 MRI's 1 CT scan and then the dicsogram. I hate to say it but thank god for the dicsogram procedure.
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