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