I've had two myelograms. They were more frightening to read about , than actually having them.
You go into the hospital a few hours before the scheduled appointment, and they do the normal hospital stuff. They take you down to radiology for the test. You get onto a table, and the radiologist comes in, they do a prep thing ( wash down your back), and then they use some lidocaine type stuff to numb your back a little, and then insert the needle to withdraw a bit of spinal fluid. They use the same needle to insert the dye for the myelogram. They take a few pictures and depending on the area they are supposed to examine, may tilt the table to get the dye to flow to the correct area. It's over in about a half hour. Then you go onto a gurney to go to CT. They do the CT exam and you go back to your room to wait out the four hours or whatever the hospitals policy is, and then go home.
The best thing to do is follow the directions that they give you in regard to your head position. I was told to not use more than 2 pillows when I got home, and to stay laying down for 24 hours except for eating or going to the bathroom and to drink either caffeinated soda or coffee, as it helps keep the spinal headaches at bay.
I didn't have a spinal headache with either one, so I was lucky.
When are you supposed to have yours done? If there is anything else I can answer for you, please feel free to ask.
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..