Having weird pain after Myelogram.

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misterkatamari
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   Posted 1/22/2012 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Howdy everyone!

It's me, the questioning/whiny dude again! :P Hope everyone is having a low pain evening/day, and that things are going alright. I had a quick question regarding the Myelogram that I just had on the 19th. The procedure itself hurt, but it wasn't really any worse than getting an epidural injection with steroids at my Pain Doctor. However, what has been worrying me is that it's been four days since I had this Myelogram done, and I have been experiencing severe and unusual pain.

It isn't the spinal headache stuff--thank God--but my lower, right lumbar area and hip/buttocks. My pain that I have been being treated for has been all left sided, and since I had this Myelogram done, I have had ridiculously awful right-sided pain! I read that an increase in symptoms is not uncommon, but that it typically lasts a few Hours--maybe two days at most. Well, its been four days and my right side is a living hell right now. Between my 'normal' left pain and this weird right sided pain, I am basically a hermit right now. I haven't left my house since getting the Myelogram, because I just hurt so bad. I can't sit, lie down comfortably, its just total hell.

I'm def. going to call my doctor tomorrow, regardless, but I was just wondering if anyone else had long lasting symptoms stemming from this test? I search some other websites and found some old threads where people described very similar issues, but since the threads are way old by now I can't really go there for help. I'm just sort of concerned. The last thing I need is for my right side to have some sort of weird problem caused by this test. I'm assuming its just irritation, and that it will go away, but it's been over four days now so I really don't know...

I also go back to the surgeon who ordered the test on Thursday, so if I still feel like this then I will definitely bring it to his attention. It doesn't help that none of my medications are touching this pain at all, though. The tramadol sort of makes me feel a bit 'distracted', not 'high' or even 'euphoric', just kind of distracted. But it doesn't help the pain, really. It just makes it a little more bearable. But this near pain is off the charts in severity and weirdness. My right side has never given me issues before.

Weird. Hoping for the best, though.

cogito
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   Posted 1/22/2012 10:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi misterkatamari,

Sorry to hear about the new pain. If it only manifested after the Myelogram, then it seems that that is the likely cause. Perhaps irritation of the disks or nerve roots are the problem... bilateral inflammation perhaps. If so, then maybe ice will help.

One more option -- could the issue be related to your right SI joint? Maybe something put it out of alignment? Find your SI joint via an anatomy webpage, is it sore?

All the above is guesswork. I wanted to respond primarily for a bit of support and to say that you don't need to apologize for yourself (questioning/whiny). You have legitimate issues and are looking for answers. CP is a struggle and reaching out to others who can understand is what just about everyone does. That is completely natural and needed for emotional health.

In my opinion, people whine when they are trying to get special treatment, engage in some passive-aggressive strategy, make others feel guilty, etc.. I don't think anything of sort is going on with you and this board.

I hope you can get some feedback from your doctors tomorrow.
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   Posted 1/22/2012 11:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Misterkatamari....Sorry you are having new pain...I really can't help you out and like you said call your doc in the morning and have it checked out. Please don't consider yourself as whinney we all have issues and need answers that is what we are here for. Keep us posted as to what the doc says. I will keepyou in my prayers....

Bless you, Amy
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straydog
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   Posted 1/23/2012 6:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Patrick, sorry to hear you are having this crazy pain on the other side. I have to believe the myelogram irritated something in there. You know I am thinking if the pain is as severe as you say which you are the only one that can determine this, a trip ER to get a shot of something heavier to get this pain under control. I don't normally ever suggest that much to anyone because of how they treat people in pain, but you did just have the myelogram.

You know sometimes the only way we can learn is by asking questions, so please do not apologize for asking questions. I don't ever remember you whining about anything either, sorry you don't get to claim that title either, lol.

Please let us know what your dr says.
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Post Edited (straydog) : 1/23/2012 10:16:06 AM (GMT-7)


Chartreux
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   Posted 1/23/2012 11:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Straydog on this matter, if needed please go to the ER...
When you call your doctor today I hope they call you back as soon as possible,
and my only other suggestion would be to ice the site where the myelogram was done,
and I hope that'll help you out some....do keep us posted on this, as we hope
you can get some relief....Prayers....
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misterkatamari
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   Posted 1/23/2012 1:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much, everyone.

I just called the hospital where I had the myelo done and asked the nurses there who gave me discharge instructions. When I told her that I've had this same pain for five days now, she immediately said that it wasn't 'normal' and that I should call my doctor.

I don't think calling the doctor who ordered the exam is going to be helpful, since I have an appointment with him on Thursday and he's a specialists. Basically, I bet they'll just tell me to mention it when I come in for my appointment, it isn't like I can see him sooner or anything.

And I feel like if I tell my family doctor, he's just gonna tell me the same thing. Go to my app. thursday and tell the specialist. Ugh.

I have been keeping heat and/or ice on it this whole time. I might try taking a warm bath later too. I have noticed some muscle 'knots' in the lower right of my back, but that isn't really abnormal for me. The pain feels deeper than that, anyhow.

I looked up some anatomy of the SI joint, and it does seem sort of similar to what I am experiencing right now. Sort of ironic that a test to see what is causing my chronic pain has made me have new pain! Lame! I just am hoping it doesn't last. (Of course, I wish all of it would go away, but at the least I want this stuff to subside since its new.)
--Patrick, aka Misterkatamari

I'm active on several boards. Main issues are: Chronic Pain due to Scoliosis & 2 Herniated Discs, possible DDD and arthritic facet joints. Also active in the Depression/Anxiety boards. Meds include: Prozac 40mg, Xanax .5 mg, Tramadol 50mg

“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.” - Joseph Campbell

misterkatamari
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   Posted 1/23/2012 1:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Just called my family doctor, and they told me to call the doctor who ordered the test. -_-
--Patrick, aka Misterkatamari

I'm active on several boards. Main issues are: Chronic Pain due to Scoliosis & 2 Herniated Discs, possible DDD and arthritic facet joints. Also active in the Depression/Anxiety boards. Meds include: Prozac 40mg, Xanax .5 mg, Tramadol 50mg

“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.” - Joseph Campbell

Betsey Ross
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   Posted 1/23/2012 6:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Patrick

Do you have a fever? Any pus oozing from where they placed the needle?Sharp pain isnt normal from what I read about myelograms.

Please see the doctor who ordered the test. Let us know what he says. You are part of our family and we worry about you.

Take Care
Betsey
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misterkatamari
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   Posted 1/23/2012 8:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Betsey Ross said...
Patrick

Do you have a fever? Any pus oozing from where they placed the needle?Sharp pain isnt normal from what I read about myelograms.

Please see the doctor who ordered the test. Let us know what he says. You are part of our family and we worry about you.

Take Care
Betsey


Thanks for the reply, Betsey. And no, I have no fever or sign of infection at the injection site. Also, the pain isn't exactly sharp...its sort of a very severe aching/digging feeling that kind of radiates out to my right hip. It worsens depending upon how I sit.

But yeah, I called the doctor who ordered the test but I had to leave a message. They didn't call me back, but I am supposed to see him on Thursday anyhow. Combined with my regular pain, I just wanna crawl in bed and stay there! (If I could sleep. :P )

misterkatamari
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   Posted 1/23/2012 10:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Also, I just started to have some upper leg/thigh numbness in my right leg. This is unusual for me, and sorta has me worried a little. It isn't like 'dead' numbness, more like a dulled sensation that is skin-deep. It runs on the outside of the leg and just started when I laid down to sleep!

Total weirdness. If the doctor doesn't contact me tomorrow, and I still have this numbness and/or pain, I'm calling them again and maybe going to see my family doctor just in case. I don't know what they'd do, but. Ugh.
--Patrick, aka Misterkatamari

I'm active on several boards. Main issues are: Chronic Pain due to Scoliosis & 2 Herniated Discs, possible DDD and arthritic facet joints. Also active in the Depression/Anxiety boards. Meds include: Prozac 40mg, Xanax .5 mg, Tramadol 50mg

“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.” - Joseph Campbell

White Beard
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   Posted 1/24/2012 1:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Patrick I had a similar occurance after a myelogram I had done in the late 90's and I had to go back to the doctor and they gave me a injection of Betamethasone a very potent glucocorticoid steroid, they told me the pain was from inflamation from the myelogram, anyway within an hour the pain was gone and did not come back. I got the injection the day after I had the test. But the pain in the lower back and legs was unbearable untill I got the shot!

Good luck to you!

White Beard
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misterkatamari
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   Posted 1/24/2012 2:30 AM (GMT -6)   
White Beard said...
Patrick I had a similar occurance after a myelogram I had done in the late 90's and I had to go back to the doctor and they gave me a injection of Betamethasone a very potent glucocorticoid steroid, they told me the pain was from inflamation from the myelogram, anyway within an hour the pain was gone and did not come back. I got the injection the day after I had the test. But the pain in the lower back and legs was unbearable untill I got the shot!

Good luck to you!

White Beard


Thanks White Beard!

Hopefully my doc will get back with me soon and maybe they can do something like that to me with good results. :)

misterkatamari
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   Posted 1/24/2012 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I just rescheduled my neurosurgeon appointment, because apparently it was just to go over my Myelogram results with the PA. I don't feel well enough to do that right now!

Instead, I have made a pain management appointment for the 30th. My PM doctor is really nice and I think he will be able to help me out more than going to the neurosurgeon would, at least in terms of feeling better.
--Patrick, aka Misterkatamari

I'm active on several boards. Main issues are: Chronic Pain due to Scoliosis & 2 Herniated Discs, possible DDD and arthritic facet joints. Also active in the Depression/Anxiety boards. Meds include: Prozac 40mg, Xanax .5 mg, Tramadol 50mg

“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.” - Joseph Campbell
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