Had the Discogram

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hydrangea
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   Posted 1/15/2010 5:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone, I had my discogram yesterday. After thinking the worst and preparing my self for the horrible horrible pain, it is finally over.
 I was so worked up over the upcoming pain when I arrived at the surgical center, and to top all of that off my PM Dr. was running late. He is always running late and I am very used to it. But it was very obvious that the staff at the center was not happy with him. (he was only 20 min late)  It made me very uncomfortable, they were not talking very nicely about him. The anesthesiologist  was so angry!!!!  Ig uess she was going to mis a personal appointment. When he did get there they were all so rushed with the case before me.Then they could not find my chart, the Dr had to remind them to give me antibiotic, etc.  When they came to bring me to the O.R. I told her that it made me very uncomfortable, and that the staff really should make sure that patients did not hear them talking. I really was ready to leave. If I didn't trust my PM Dr, or this was the first procedure I was having I would have walked out.
 
Sorry had to vent about that........................
The procedure was very painful, but the initial pain did not last to long. The anesthesiologist was great at her job and gave me plenty of meds after. Dr. Injected three disc. One was fine, no pain even though it is herniated. L3 L4 was probably only a level 7-8 on the pain scale. L5 S1 Put me thru  the roof. It produced the same pain in my back and but  but not my leg and foot pain. Dr. said it was because the disc is so shot that the medicine just shot out of it and was not able to produce pain in leg.Not sure I understand this. He said that it is the disc that is causing the pain. His recommendation is surgery on L3 L4 and L5 S1. He also sent me for a CT scan after the procedure.
 
Pain level was very high last night, allot more that regular pain. Hope this does not last very long. 
 
Now that I have all my results I will take it all to the surgeon and see what his recommendation is. Big decision, but like I said would love to get back to normal or semi normal life.
 
If anyone has any info. about disc not being able to hold medicine I would appreciate it.
Thanks for listening.
Have a great day.
 
Diagnosed Chrons Disease 07, herniated discs severe siatica,
3 laparoscopies, hysterectomy
p.t. and trigger point injections for severe pelvic pain.
Spinal epidurals for herniated discs and siatica
meds, lyrica, trazodone, vicodine, amrix
 


Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 1/15/2010 7:30 AM (GMT -7)   
   Hello Hydrangea! I have to agree with you about the Staff argueing infront of a patient. It is very unprofessional to say the least. We all hope that your injections help you with your pain, but when a Doc suggest surgery, more than likley, you will have to consider it in your future. I'm getting very close to having my L4 & L5 fused here in a bit. I see the surgeon on Feb 2nd, and he will set a hgard date for the surgery. To tell you the truth...I'm ready for it! I will be gald when it gets here. Take care now...and keep us updated too!
 
     Michael

White Beard
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   Posted 1/15/2010 3:46 PM (GMT -7)   
hydrangea
The disk is made up of cartilage the outside of the disk is a tough strong somewhat flexible cartilage the inside of the disk is more of a putty like spongy, soft material. when a disk ruptures, this material is forced out through a hole or tear or some opening in the outer layer of the disk. This can then press upon the nerve roots, or the spinal cord its self. With a bulging disk, there is a weakness in the outer surface of the disk and it balloons outward and sometime puts pressure on nerves, and nerve roots and possibly even the spinal cord! When they do the diskogram they try to induce that bulging of the disk to see what nerves and nerve roots are being impinged upon! They do this by injecting stuff into the disk. However, with L5-S1 it sounds like this disk is not completely intact, and thus the stuff they are injecting into the disk to make it bulge, isn't! Thus they can not find what nerve the disk is pressing on, but instead the stuff is just passing through the disk and going out and it is obviously irritating the nerve roots when it does. I bet that is why he wanted the CT scan!



As painful as this test was for you, it sound like it gave your Doctor allot of really good information! That is GOOD! Hopefully they will be able to help you and give you some needed relief from pain! Surgery has its good points and bad points, it is always a little risky but with that said it is a very personal and individual decision as to whether to have it or not! It often is not always a "cure all" but it can often help, and it can often prevent a bad situation from getting that much worse! Just remember knowledge is power, find out as much as you can ( pros & cons) about your situation, that way you can make a wise and knowlegeable decision on what you want to do!



I sure do wish you well! Please keep us all informed as to how you are doing!



Good Luck to You!



White Beard

hydrangea
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   Posted 1/16/2010 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks for the inofrmation.....it is always so useful to here others experiences and opinions. I do you see the surgeon on Thursday and I am very anxious to here what he has to say. I did see an infomercial this morning (up early with Pain), about Illinois Spines Center. Sounded to good to be true,but they said they could fix Any disc problem without surgery. Anybody here of this place. They do have a web site. Very interesting.

Hydrangea


Diagnosed Chrons Disease 07, herniated discs severe siatica,
3 laparoscopies, hysterectomy
p.t. and trigger point injections for severe pelvic pain.
Spinal epidurals for herniated discs and siatica
meds, lyrica, trazodone, vicodine, amrix
 


Chartreux
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   Posted 1/16/2010 6:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hydrangea,
so glad you made it thru the discogram, one test down. Hopefully they'll be able to pinpoint where your pain is coming from. finger's crossed. Please be very leary of those infomercials, those are true good to be true (walks like a duck, ect.) wait and see what the surgeon has to say and I'll hope for the best for you.
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skeye
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   Posted 1/16/2010 7:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Hydrangea,

Sorry to hear that your procedure didn't go so well. But hopefully it provided your doctor(s) with information that will help them to better treat your pain, making your whole ordeal worth it in the long run! Good luck with the surgeon this week!

hugs,
Skeye

hydrangea
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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 190
   Posted 1/16/2010 8:23 PM (GMT -7)   
THanks everyone!!
Diagnosed crohns Disease 07,
Bladder Inflammation
Three Herniated disc; stenosis, facet arthritis,degenerative disc , severe siatica
3 laparoscopies, hysterectomy
p.t. and trigger point injections for severe pelvic pain.
Spinal epidurals for herniated discs and siatica
meds: lyrica, vicodine, amrix
 


White Beard
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   Posted 1/16/2010 11:50 PM (GMT -7)   
hydrangea


I reside in Illinois and I hear a commercial all the time for them, all I can say is I am skeptical, I am of the belief if it sounds to good to be true it probably is! Do let us know what your surgeon says! I know the surgery I had totally fixed my left arm pain, but it did not do anything for my neck pain, but the surgeon told me in advance that it probalby would not help the neck pain. They even had online teaching programs that I was required to view about the surgery I was having and another one on the anesthesia that I had to view and safety precautions, with staying in the hospital. The programs were interactive, and they wanted you to view them several times before having your surgery! I was impressed with it all! It really did prepare me well for the surgery!



I do wish you well Hydrangea and hope it all works out for you!



Good Luck to YOU!



White Beard

bsjaguar
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   Posted 1/17/2010 8:57 AM (GMT -7)   

Sounds like the discogram was a huge success as far as giving your doctor some much needed information to treat you properly.  His suggestion for you to see a surgeon next sounds like he is moving you in the right direction.

I'd stay away from any place that says they can treat a herniated disc without surgery.  Once a disc herniates there is no going back as far as I'm concerned.  Look online regarding fusion surgery and make yourself a list of any questions you may want to ask your surgeon before your appointment.  This is a major surgery!!!  So make sure you are well informed of what to expect during and after the surgery.  The more you know the smoother it will go.  Good Luck!


---Jag---
 
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3

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