As you can see..different Dr.s use some or all the diagnostic tools before performing surgery.
And not trying to be argumentative against anyone..truly..just want to share my experience...
The Dr.s where I had my spine surgery...which people actually fly around the country to come to, as well as from overseas...they perform Discograms about
75% of the time after a MRI...to hone in on the exact areas before the surgery..they want to have every ounce of information before doing such extreme surgery on our spines...
Especially if someone has had previous surgeries..like I did...there is a lot of scar tissue that hinders getting a perfect MRI..
If done properly...it's a really good detailed look at each disc space since the MRI gives the overall view..yes..it's a little painful..but you should be given medication to relax..as well as local anesthetic..
I think just like with certain epidural injections, etc....if the Dr. doing them is unskilled..it can make for an awful experience. But done well..it should be small amount of pain compared to our daily pain we suffer..
When I had mine done..there was some pressure and pinch of pain when he would hit the spot...and then just achy afterwards...
Again..I truly am not negating anyone else's experience or thoughts on this issue..Just wanted to share my own. It's like when one person has a bad time with a medication..and another person it could be their best one...
I think it's important and what's great about
these boards is we can gather a bunch of different thoughts to help us learn about
our chronic pain..
I truly hope and pray that both the test and the upcoming surgery goes well for you and truly helps resolve to lower your pain levels..
SB and "the pup who snores loudly"
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha"))
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Dec 2006
PM since 2006