I'm glad that I could help you some to ease some fears about
the myelograms. I was told to not have my head at more than 30 degrees post myelogram. In the hospital, I didn't even get a pillow but could raise the bed just a tiny bit for the first 4 hours, but she told me that it was really important to go home and stay down for the first 24 hours.
The caffeine for some reason does help with the headaches, can't give you a technical explanation but it does work.
They shouldn't have to tilt you since this one is in the lumbar area. They had problems getting the dye to flow past L 3-4 on me, so they raised the head of the gurney and left me like that for almost an hour, but that was because of the stenosis problems.
I did go for the consult for the scs, and for a lot of reasons , decided not to have one implanted. I am confident in them after some of the stories that I have read here and other back boards. I'm sorry that yours didn't work for you, but it's stories like yours that made me decide not to do it, too many stories about
lead migration and truthfully, I can't tolerate a TENS unit, and no one can explain how it would be any different internally if I can't tolerate it externally, since the sensations are similar. Until someone can answer that for me, I'm not doing it. Trying it just because it might be differnt doesn't appeal to me. I've got enough damage to my spinal nerves now to risk something that may cause even more problems for me.
I do appreciate your offering to help. If I do decide somewhere down the road to give it a try, I'm sure that I will have lots of questions and you will be one of the first that I come to.
Take care of yourself and I hope that things are smoothing out for you. Are the problems you are having related to the situation with your former carer? I sure hope things are getting better for you.
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..