I've been coming on meeting fellow spiney members, and some stories are catastrophoic, and my pain is not in comparison. I myself have had to deal for the most part I am a healthy 47 yr old but my illnesses/diseases have been cancer related. These forums have been helpful and I am staying here. But I'd like to post something out of the norm here is a part of my journey that is pf positive in nature...some may not see that but after 11 months of not "really" knowing, I have a diagnosis!!!!
Today I had my discogram. For all those wondering if MRI's miss things, 9 MRI's later and one full spect scan in the past 11 months after a microdisectomy...I will say that I am not giving medical advice but it is possible...And the bizarre thing is that I am SOOOOO happy I did it. They now diagnosed me and I now know surgery will only be a 1 level fusion, instead of a 2 level.
How I felt about this test. I asked my Dr to do it, I did nerve tests, full blood work ups for arthritic, cancer, ect. I did 2 failed epidurals, and I don't know what my micro did but time to look forward... I was sooo nervous about it because of my previous failed tests I had a wonderful dr and anesthesiologist and I was made comfortable by the staff...my procedure was
a light sedation, and I did not feel the needles in the 3 spaces, but it immediately showed a leak and I raised my voice tone and there it was a tear in the annulus with a leak at one level L4-L5. Nothing showed at above disk or below that disk. I am sore now as the day is going by but to be expected I can't lay on my stomach as that is a pain trigger...my test about 30 mins.
So surgery scheduled and I will be wearing a plastic lumbar "sheild" "cast" type thing....Any questions don't hesitate to ask.
This is my first good news since surgery. Lost my job over this....
This can't be happening