Myelography





Definition

Myelography is an x-ray examination of the spinal canal. A contrast agent is injected through a needle into the space around the spinal cord to display the spinal cord, spinal canal, and nerve roots on an x ray.


Purpose

The purpose of a myelogram is to evaluate the spinal cord and nerve roots for suspected compression. Pressure on these delicate structures causes pain or other symptoms. A myelogram is performed when precise detail about the spinal cord is needed to make a definitive diagnosis. In most cases, myelography is used after other studies, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or a computed tomography scan (CT), have not provided enough information to be certain of the diagnosis. Sometimes myelography followed by CT scan is an alternative for patients who cannot have an MRI scan, because they have a pacemaker or other implanted metallic device.

A herniated or ruptured intervertebral disc, or related condition such as disc bulge or protrusion, popularly known as a slipped disc, is one of the most common causes for pressure on the spinal cord or nerve roots. The condition is popularly known as a pinched nerve. Discs are pads of fiber and cartilage that contain rubbery tissue. They lie between the vertebrae, or individual bones, which make up the spine.

Discs act as cushions, accommodating strains, shocks, and position changes. A disc may rupture suddenly, due to injury or a sudden strain with the spine in an unnatural position. In other cases, the problem may come on gradually as a result of progressive deterioration of the discs with aging. The lower back is the most common area for this problem, but it sometimes occurs in the neck, and rarely in the upper back. A myelogram can help accurately locate the disc or discs involved.

Myelography may be used when a tumor is suspected. Tumors can originate in the spinal cord or in tissues surrounding the cord. Cancers that have started in other parts of the body may spread or metastasize in the spine. It is important to precisely locate the mass causing pressure so effective treatment can be undertaken. Patients with known cancer who develop back pain may require a myelogram for evaluation.

Other conditions that may be diagnosed using myelography include arthritic bony growths (spurs), narrowing of the spinal canal (spinal stenosis), or malformations of the spine.


Description

Myelograms can be performed in a hospital x ray department or in an outpatient radiology facility. The patient lies face down on the x ray table. The radiologist first looks at the spine under fluoroscopy, and the images appear on a monitor screen. This is done to find the best location to position the needle. The skin is cleaned, numbed with local anesthetic, and then the needle is inserted. Occasionally, a small amount of cerebrospinal fluid, the clear fluid that surrounds the spinal cord and brain, may be withdrawn through the needle and sent for laboratory studies. Contrast material (dye that shows up on x rays) is then injected.

The x-ray table is tilted slowly, allowing the contrast material to reach different levels in the spinal canal. The flow is observed under fluoroscopy, and x rays are taken with the table tilted at various angles. A footrest and shoulder straps or supports keep the patient from sliding.

In many instances, a CT scan of the spine is performed immediately after a myelogram, while the contrast material is still in the spinal canal. This helps outline internal structures more clearly.

A myelogram takes approximately 30 to 60 minutes. A CT scan adds about another hour to the examination. If the procedure is done as an outpatient exam, some facilities prefer the patient to stay in a recovery area up to four hours.

Patients who are unable to lie still or cooperate with positioning should not have this examination. Severe congenital spinal abnormalities may make the examination technically difficult to carry out. Patients with a history of severe allergic reaction to contrast material (x-ray dye) should report this to their physician prior to having myelography. Medications to minimize the risk of severe reaction may be recommended before the procedure. Given the invasive nature and risks of myelograms and increased anatomic detail provided by MRI or CT, myelograms are generally not used as the first imaging test.

Preparation

Patients should be well-hydrated at the time they are undergoing a myelogram. Increasing fluids the day before the study is usually recommended. All food and fluid intake should be stopped approximately four hours before the procedure.

Certain medications may need to be stopped for one to two days before myelography is performed. These include some antipsychotics, antidepressants, blood thinners, and diabetic medications. Patients should discuss this with their physician or the staff at the facility where the study is to be done.

Patients who smoke may be asked to stop the day before the test. This helps decrease the chance of nausea or headaches after the myelogram. Immediately before the examination, patients should empty their bowels and bladder.


Aftercare

After the examination is complete, the patient usually rests for several hours, with the head elevated. Extra fluids are encouraged, to help eliminate the contrast material and prevent headaches. A regular diet and routine medications may be resumed. Strenuous physical activities, especially those that involve bending over, may be discouraged for one or two days. The physician should be notified if the patient develops a fever, excessive nausea and vomiting, severe headache, or a stiff neck.


Risks

Headache is a common complication of myelography. It may begin several hours to several days after the examination. The cause is thought to be changes in cerebrospinal fluid pressure, not a reaction to the dye. The headache may be mild and easily alleviated with rest and increased fluids. Sometimes, nonprescription medicines are recommended. In some instances, the headache may be more severe and require stronger medication or other measures for relief. Many factors influence whether the patient develops this problem, including the type of the needle used and his or her age and gender. Patients with a history of chronic or recurrent headaches are more likely to develop a headache after a myelogram.

The chance of a reaction to the contrast material is a very small, but potentially significant risk. It is estimated that only 5–10% of patients experience any effect from contrast exposure. The vast majority of reactions are mild, such as sneezing, nausea, or anxiety. These usually resolve by themselves. A moderate reaction, like wheezing or hives, may be treated with medication, but is not considered life threatening. Severe reactions, such as heart or respiratory failure, occur very infrequently, and require emergency medical treatment.

Rare complications of myelography include injury to the nerve roots from the needle or from bleeding into the spaces around the roots. Inflammation of the delicate covering of the spinal cord, called arachnoiditis, or infections, can also occur. Seizures are another very uncommon complication reported after myelography.


Normal results

A normal myelogram shows nerves that appear normal, and a spinal canal of normal width, with no areas of constriction or obstruction.


Abnormal results

A myelogram may reveal a herniated disk, tumor, bone spurs, or narrowing of the spinal canal (spinal stenosis).


Resources

BOOKS

Daffner, Richard. Clinical Radiology, The Essentials. Baltimore: Williams and Wilkins, 1993.

Pagana, Kathleen Deska. Mosby's Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests. St. Louis: Mosby, Inc., 1998.

Torres, Lillian. Basic Medical Techniques and Patient Care in Imaging Technology. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1997.

ORGANIZATIONS

Spine Center. 1911 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19103. (215) 665-8300. http://www.thespinecenter.com

Ellen S. Weber, M.S.N.
Lee A. Shratter, M.D.

User Contributions:

RUTH
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Feb 1, 2009 @ 11:11 am
I had a sever headache afterwards , I layed home for 5 days before my surgeon returned me to his office and then back to the ER to recieve a "blood patch" which completely helped my headache, I was fine as soon as this bloodpatch was performed. I was advised from the nurse, this is common as the fluid had leaked out from the brain area, and the brain had no cushion to protect it so it virtually was hitting the skull causing such sever headaches,, It was the worse i had ever experienced, i was taken by ambulance to our small hospital and given morphine in a IV and as soon as I sat up , it was pounding again, No more Mylegrams for Me....lol.....
jeani
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Jan 11, 2010 @ 5:17 pm
Ruth,
I can empathize with you!! Those are the WORST headaches! I had my first myleogram in '94. The next day I was back in the hosp (after lamenectomy) for 4 days. The blood patch didnt work and neither did the 'mega doses' of caffiene. Finally went away after 5 days. The next myleo was, again, before another lamenectomy (same place L4). The myleo went bad, it felt as if my right leg was blowing up like a balloon (excruciating pain!!!) and then it 'exploded'. I was screaming in pain and looked to see if my leg was still there and it was flopping up and down on the table. The 'intern' told me to lay still so he could move the needle and the same thing happened to the other leg. By then my body went into shock and they ran to get my Mom who was in the hall. it took 2 days to recover from the shock. The lamenectomy was preformed and all was well for 3 months until it re-ruptured. I was ignored for 8 mo and finally had a come to Jesus talk with my neurosurgeon. I had another myleogram (with no instances) and he referred me to someone 'better'. I had a fusion and screw and rods in 96. All was well till 04 and I ruptured a disc above the fusion. I DID file workmans comp and my prior orthopedic ordered a myleogram. (no immediate reactions) He also ordered spinal injections (something went wrong on the table) and about a week-2weeks later, I suddenly woke up w/a headache that worsened. By mid aft. my husband had called an ambulance. 4 days later I was told that some bacteria that everyone has on their skin, found its way into my spinal fluid. Bacterial menengitis! It made the CSF headaches feel like a tickle!! A month in the hospital. It turned into a circus, workmans comp was trying to get out of the mess as was the hosp. LONG LONG recovery!
I finally returned to another neurosurgeon 12-09 since that circus due to the pain getting worse due to my job. (havent filed workmans comp due to experience, or LACK there of. care) I had a myleogram 1-8-10. For 3 days I was telling everyone in radiology of my horrific experiences and not being able to lie on my stomach. Very high pain tolerance as well as high resistance to meds. I was barely lying on the table when the needle went in. I expressed the pain getting worse to no avail, and I literally scrambled all over the table, trying to grab my right let. My left leg was becoming paralized with pain and locked up. My IV came out, unbeknowest to me and I was screaming in agony and pain. They went to put me on a bed and I was screaming for someone to grab my left leg and pull it up. after the 3rd attempt, finally one of them complied and there was LITTLE relief. I then went into CT scan and into a room to 'recover'. Blood was all over my arms, hand, bed, gown from my IV. It has been 3 days now and my pain in my legs are finally decreasing. I GET NO RETURN CALL FROM THE DR. OFFICE. I put my PCP on alert that there were problems and release the report. I am experiencing hot/cold flashes today. have had bed rest since the tests.

I do not know why the med. profession will not take people seriously!!

Just thought I'd share my story.
Jeani
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Mar 10, 2010 @ 1:13 pm
I had my myelogram in 1982 prior to a foramen magnum decompression op. at the National in Queen's Square, London. I remember the myelogram being far worse a procedure than the surgery. Every time they tried to insert the needle they hit a nerve which screamed down my leg. Then there was the tipping you upside down to spread the dye and then the CT scan. I then spent 4 days in a hospital bed with the most severe headache (no pain-killing patches in those days) - if someone had offered to shoot me I would have accepted. I also felt as though I had been kicked in the back by a camel. Apparently they used myodil - which in 1987 was banned in the UK as being a toxic dye!!! 23 yrs later and I can still relive every minute of it.
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Apr 22, 2010 @ 3:15 pm
I am looking for the spine Center that I used to go to in the mid to late 90's There I had shots to my back that were successful. I also had a procedure where the nerve endings in my lower back were burned (laser) and I was pain free untill the nerves healed. I am trying to obtain my records because I am having more shots and the Neuro-surgean would like those old records. I am living in Pheonix, AZ. so it is impossible for me to come and collect them. Thank you for your time and effort in this matter.
Mercedes Y. Thompson
4132 W. Virginia Ave. Apt1
Phoenix, AZ 85009
602-455-6499
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May 1, 2010 @ 9:09 am
Hola mi nombre is Carlos Carrillo, ayer 04/30/2010, tuve mi primer myelogram, en St, John's Hospital en St. Louis Mo, sofar hacodi la mejor experiencia en un hospital, el servicio fue excelente y el Dr. Thomasson, quien hizo el myelogram, me explico todos los pro y contras de este procedimiento, ya van casi 24 horas depues del myelograma y no he sentido nada diferente (no dolor de cabeza ni nada diferente), el proceso en si no fue doloroso el DR me explico que ahora utilizan agujas mas peqenas y el liquido de contraste es a base de agua loque lo hace casi indoloro.
Jim
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Jul 11, 2010 @ 8:08 am
I had one and that will never happen again. Upon injection with the dye my entire body felt as if I had been soaked in gasoline and lit on fire. The facility explained that they had burned something called a Conus. They then actually hog tied me. They offered me nothing for the pain and there was an MD present.

To had insult to the injury they "lost the films" and asked me to repeat this test in a month. Never again. I am sure this procedure was done wrong. Now I have a phobia of all medical care. I know the fear is "unreasonable" it still exists.

I don't believe their story of the Burned conus.
Andrea
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Aug 10, 2010 @ 4:16 pm
I had a myelogram recently before my lumbar decompression fusion surgery. I am pleased to say that I was totally unaware of when the needle and dye were being inserted. The numbing needles were almost undetectable and I was shocked when I was told it was over. I assumed they were still numbing. My legs ached from pain, but I have that most of the time. I had no headache afterwards and my experience was great.
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Nov 2, 2010 @ 2:14 pm
This is my first myelogram and Im terrified I have had so many people tell me how horrible the pain is and now they are really freaking me out!! Can anyone tell me what its like to go thru this Im having attacts of the worst kind!! thanks for any input you can give me.
Jim
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Nov 9, 2010 @ 3:15 pm
I had a Myelogram last Wednesday and now its the following Tuesday and I"m still having trouble, I've been vomiting, dizzy and now I have pain in the back of my neck. I will guaranteed you one thing, this will be the last Myelogram I'll ever have. I would not recommend this to anyone. There's got to be a better way.
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Nov 12, 2010 @ 11:11 am
I had a Myelogram back in 2000 and I must say that the experience was not as bad as I had anticipated. I was a bit anxious before hand, so I got a shot of Demerol and a couple Valium before the procedure. I was so doped up I barely remember anything let alone felt anything.
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Nov 17, 2010 @ 8:20 pm
I had a Myelogram done on Tuesday (11/16/10) and my spine feels like it's trying to go through my tail bone and butt cheeks. I have had a serious headache for 2 days. I have been feeling very nauseas since the procedure. The Myelogram itself was a little uncomfortable, but not painful at all. The pain came after the fact! It is very uncomfortable and painful for me to sit up. The staff at West Valley Imaging in Henderson, Nevada did a wonderful job at making me feel comfortable and important. I would not mind doing this test or any other test again, especially if my life depended on it!
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Nov 23, 2010 @ 6:18 pm
I am going for a myelogram on 12/6 and am terrified is there anyone out there that has had a good one /
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Dec 27, 2010 @ 6:18 pm
I've had three Myelograms due to a neck/spinal injury. In retrospect, the first was slightly barbaric, but not too bad, (I had to keep my head at an angle--A BLOCK OF WOOD WRAPPED IN DUCTTAPE--but otherwise,no after effects). With prior knowledge, for the second Myelogram, I self-medicated and do not remember too much because I was drugged. My third and recent Myelogram was a HORROR story. After preparation and "harnassed" onto the table, the technician told me there would be a 45-minute delay...I had to wait for another doctor to arrive and replace the doctor I met prior to prep, etc. When the doctor finally arrived, he barely numbed the area of entry and it was very painful when he inserted the needle. Obviously, he couldn't "find" the correct insertion area for the needle because he kept "feeling around" with the needle and even made the comment that he was trying to find the "right place"...this was my spinal cord he was referring to. Needless to say, I was horrified!!! This ws in October and I am continuing to experience lower back pain at the area of insertion. In fact, I am going to a pain specialist tomorrow morning and get his opinion. Based on my research, I think he damaged some nerves in my lower back when he was "fishing around" for the spinal cord-unreal. I will never have another unless I am completely sedated.
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Jan 8, 2011 @ 9:09 am
I have back pain after mine. Now 4 days. Getting a little better each day. BUT how long is it normal for the pain to last?
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Jan 24, 2011 @ 12:00 am
I am a 48yr old female,3 bad cervical disc,2 level fusion done neck late Aug.2010, still having pain @ base of neck, one arm & 2 fingers feel tingling & numbness and headache 24/7. I had a myelogram with contrast & post CT scan. Barely felt needle with Lido,spinalneedle I felt, however it was tolerable, when the contrast was injected I began to feel pressure & you can tell that it is traveling.The pressure built to the point that it duplicated the severe pain I experiencein my lumbar(have two bad levels there)I finally felt like my legs were paralized.I also had a hot burning with a screaming sharp pain at L5/S1. When the table was tilted I could once again feel the contrast moving & the pressure building, I actually felt like my nose was gonna blow off my face & my eyes out of thier sockets. The Dr. knew I was in pain, he asked me if I could tolerate it for just a minute more. When the table was returned to the level position some of the pressure was relieved,I was moved back to the stretcher & it took about 10 minutes for most of the pressure to go away.My Dr. was fab,he constantly asked me if I was ok,he was patient & helpful in moving me in different positions during the procedure & seemed guinuinely concerned. I have a good tolerance for pain level & I work in the field so I don't usually complain, but I have to admit that this was not a fun procedure but also not the horror story that some have posted. You have to keep in mind that it is a serious procedure for true detailed problem diagnosis so if you need to have one you have kinda suck it up & be grown up during it, which some people can't do & are dramatic. Go in with a positive attitude & ask God to be with you & not let it be to bad. When the pressure is building take slow deep breaths in & blow it out it does help. When I had to move for the CT scan it hurt but I went slow & careful -- it's part of so what else our you gonna do. Then had to lay on my back for 5 1/2 hours, drank almost a gallon of gatorade, apple juice & water, got 1 pain pill. I had 2 days @ home feeling beat up.Getting back to normal but I have a good deal of pain daily (hence the myelogram) My back is still pretty sensitive to touch & still feels tight back, but improving each day. I just had it done 3 days ago.Good Luck Anna I will say a prayer for you.
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Jan 30, 2011 @ 10:22 pm
I had a myelogram on January 24th. Because I am allergic to contrast dye, I was pre-treated with Medrol and Benadryl. When the doctor injected the dye, I got an immediate pressure headache which he said would get better within 10 minutes. It didn't. After drinking tons of caffeine and other liquids to try to flush my system and trying allergy pills and pain pills, my headache persisted so I had to have a blood patch on January 28th. The anesthesiologist said my headache would go away immediately and was quite surprised when I left the hospital with a continued headache that day. She told me the first blood patch has a 90 percent success rate and to give it until February 1st to go away. As of tonight, I still have a bad headache and am continuing to have itching and hives. I do not recommend anyone having a myelogram. Infact, the neurosurgeon who practices in the same office with my neurosurgeon was the doctor on call and he told me he doesn't do them because he doesn't see the point. An MRI will show you everything you need to know, he said. Does anyone know if my headache will go away without a second blood patch? Or is a second blood patch required to stop the fluid leak? I'm not made of money and even with insurance, this procedure was quite expensive.
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Jan 31, 2011 @ 9:09 am
The hospital just called checking on me. I told the nurse I still have a headache. She said I should call my doctor and he will let me know if I need to have a second blood patch. I asked her if the headache would eventually go away on it's on and she said that if it was caused from the myelogram or blood patch, it will. She said because your spine was leaking fluid, it allowed my brain to *rattle around in my head* (instead of floating in the fluid like a baby in it's mama's womb) which caused the headache. She said coming off two of my medications for the myelogram (Seroquel and aspirin) probably is contributing along with my body still trying to flush out the dye. (We know this because I'm still having hives and itching.) My body needs time to repair itself. Because of our conversation, I'm going to continue taking medication for my headache and just hang in there.
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Jun 30, 2011 @ 1:13 pm
I just had my myelogram last monday, I did get a terrible headache because I wasnt told to sit my head up and I did, it felt like I had bee hit in the head with a hammer, the shots werent bad until they injected the dye, that felt terrible, the CT was easy and then off to recovery, where I was given water to drink and finally given a pain pill, it has been 4 days now and I still feel like ive been hit by a mac truck, my body is tired and all I do is sleep, I will never have another one again. if a doc ever says you need one really think hard about it!
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Nov 16, 2011 @ 5:17 pm
I had a myelogram yesterday morning and did well and NO headache and had no problem during the test. Do not remember anything but today I am experiencing severe lower back pain and leg pain to the point that I can barely walk and I am having to take hydrocodeine in order to tolerate the pain. Called my dr and he ordered a lower lumbar MRI stat to see what could be wrong as he says this is unusual. NO HEADACHE followed instruction given and it paid off. Has anyone experienced the pain in the lower back and legs?
BARBARA
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Dec 14, 2011 @ 1:13 pm
WOW ALL THE NEGAIVE FEEDBACK AFTER THE MYLOGRAM TESTS MAKES ME WANT TO BACK OUT OF HAVING IT. I AM AT THE END OF MY ROPE AND HAVE TIED A KNOT IN IT FOR A LONG TIME. SPINAL STENOSIS, SURGERY, FUSION, RLS, FIBROMYALGIA, AND PAIN,PAIN,PAIN--JUST CAN'T GO MUCH FUTHER. I WAS HOPING THAT THE MILOGRAM WOULD HELP ANSWER SOME MUCH NEEDED DIAGNOSTIC QUESTIONS. I AM PRESENTLY TAKING MASS DOES OF PAIN MEDS AND ANTI SEISURE MEDS. SO I DON'T SEE HOW THEY CAN DO THIS TEST IF THEY DON'T SUFFICIENTLY MEDICATE ME. I AM SCARED. I AM 70YRS. OLD AND CAN'T SEE HAVING A TEST DONE THAT WILL MAKE MY LIFE MORE PAINFUL THAN IT ALREADY IS.
cheryl
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Dec 31, 2011 @ 1:01 am
I am going to see yet another Dr for my neck injury and my attorney has told me that I will be requested to have the mylegram done. I am still going to refuse this procedure. I already have headaches all day long on many occasions and refuse to let anyone inject my spine with anything anymore.
Thanks for all the input from everyone.
becky
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Jan 5, 2012 @ 5:17 pm
I had this test done yrsterday.No headache or nausea yet but the pain in lower back and shooting pains down my legs is awful!
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Jan 25, 2012 @ 4:16 pm
Wow, after reading all these horror stories, I am very confused on if I should take this test. I just saw my Nero surgeon today and he wants to do this test. I've had the MRI and 3 nerve blocks last yr which hasn't helped the pain in my upper back (C-5,6,7). I suffer with a lot of headaches already. YIKES! What I really hate is no DR will give me pain meds either! Not my rhumy, family DR, Pain manage Dr or the neuro I saw today. So I just suffer with back pain!!!I understand the DRS don't want to get people hooked on pain meds, but this is ridiculous! GeeDi, I guess I needed to vent.I also have psoriatic arthritis! I will start praying about it so I will receive the peace of mind that I sorely need! Thanks for letting me share. God bless you.
Jim
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Jan 26, 2012 @ 6:06 am
I have had a kidney transplant and I am concerned about having this test done because of the dye injection. Is this a safe procedure to have done or can it do damage to my kidney?
Lee
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Feb 1, 2012 @ 6:18 pm
I had two Myelograms/CT scans for Cervical Spondylosis in the C4-T1 area within 48 hours of each other, the first having failed because I talked too much even though I was sedated with 1 mg Versed. The second time, they added 100 mcg Fentanyl to the Verced. I had absolutely no after effects after the first procedure, and only a slight aching at the base of my skull after the second procedure. It has now been one week since the second procedure and I have no after effects. I am 74 years old and in good health except for minor neck pain and a little numbness in my thumb and fore finger. After reading about all the horror stories about ACDF (Anterior Cervical Discectomy & Fusion) surgery and recovery, I have decided my neck pain is not debilitating enough to warrant surgery. The Interventional Radiologist (IR) that did my Myelograms said she was willing to do a Cervical Transforaminal Epidural on my neck (which my other IR and Orthopedic surgeon said was too risky). My Myelogram IR with 20 years experience did one on her 85 year old father with good success, so that's good enough for me.
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Feb 15, 2012 @ 3:15 pm
i had a dis remove,it took 8hrs,he cut a hole in my spinal sack, nip two of my nerves,he did this while sewing@gluing it up,can it hurt the spinalsack when they do a myelogram
Angela
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Mar 26, 2012 @ 10:10 am
I have had three myelograms. My first two weren't bad but the last one I just had 3/22/12 was not like the other two. This one hurt. I had a terrible migraine to start with and after the myelogram it worsened for two days. The day after my legs and hips were achy and I had trouble walking because my lower back hurt to stand up straight and to walk. Over the weekend I hurt and the more I walked the more I hurt. I was very nauseous and broke out into a cold sweat from the pain in my back. I do not have lower back problems. I called Premier Radiolgy where I had my myelogram done and told them the problem I was having (which was one of the symptoms to call them about) and they didn't seem to know what to do for me or how to help me (then why do they list if it's a complication to call if they aren't going to help?). This is day 4 and I'm still having problems walking, sitting and standing up straight. My head still hurts. The myelograms that I've had in the past were not bad and I had no problems but this one has certainly caused me problems.
pankaj
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Apr 13, 2012 @ 12:12 pm
Diagnosed with ARACHNOIDITIS
Basically i had 2 severe accidents in the past one year.in the first accident i hurt my lower back(L5 S1) and in the second accident i was hit by a car(i was a pedestrian).second accident happened after 8 months.I had a spinal surgery 27 years back
Never had any complain before these accidants.I was working fine lifting weights .Not even a singe problem arises.
Now When these accidents happened --

first doctor asked me about my prior surgery.As i was not aware of what they did 27 years back and i was only 7 years of age at that time.Then they relate that u might have been injected Myelogram.I was not aware of. Soo in the first MRI report(first accidant) they states the pain could be from Trauma or could be from past surgery
I asked my parent they said no dye was injected.They know this becasue my brother had abdonmal surgery before me. he was injected dye.

Now after the second accident .My condition got worse.
I was getting shooting pains trouble flushing bowel
then i had another MRI scan.In that scan i was diagnosed with adhesive arachnoiditis.

? Now,Why for the past 27 years i had not even a single problem with my lower back and
? why archhandoities is only at L5S1 where i injured the most.
? 8 months back i was diagnosed with arachodoties which changes to adhesive arachanodities .
? Well my parents arew sure i was not injected any dye

? and how the doctor can reach to a conclusion that u have past surgery soo the problem is based on that surgery.How i lived perfectly for the past 27 years.Are they backing the big companies.and Neglecting the accidants Happened overthere.Sir please guide me
Pankajkhanna1@gmail.com
plz guide me how i can explain my doctors i never had complication b4 its because of accidant
ELLA
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May 18, 2012 @ 5:17 pm
SECOND DAY AFTER MYELOGRAM. NO HEADACHE, BUT FEEL LIKE DEATH WARMED OVER. OFF MY HEAD MEDS. WEAK. NO MORE. NO WAY.
james
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Jun 1, 2012 @ 7:19 pm
had one done 5/30/12 took the dr. 4 times in one area of lower back. he moved up a little and got it in the 2nd time. after procedure having butt and leg pain. 3 days later its slowing down so hope all is well.
Shana
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Jun 9, 2012 @ 8:08 am
I had a mylogram yesterday and the worst pain I felt was the IM Demerol they shot in my buttocks. They also gave me oral Ativan and the medication worked well for my anxiety. I was in the room and everyone was nice. The medications kicked in and I started to talk to my dr when I started to get nervous to distract me. It worked. I felt the sting of the local anesthetic and kept talking and before I knew it I felt nothing and they injected the dye and removed the needle. The dye can be nerve irritating and a little uncomfortable but it was not bad at all. I had a lumbar and cervical myelogram. It's really not that scary and I am terrified of needles in the back.
Brandy
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Jun 19, 2012 @ 8:20 pm
I read all of these last night before my myelogram today. It's not that bad!! Long day, got to the hospital at noon and didn't get home till 5:00, but I was in recovery eating a sandwich by 3:00. It does hurt, but if you've been experiencing back pain like me for a long time, then it's not new.:- the worst part for me was after they started injecting the dye, my head started to feel funny and I couldn't hear very well, but this returned after my equilibrium stabilized, according to the tech. I had a lumbar myelogram then ct. I did not have any pain meds, did not get nauseous (and I do very easily), and did not get a headache. It's only been 6 hours post for me, but so far only increased back pain. My lower back hurts, but I would still do this procedure again.
Jerry Nolan
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Jun 30, 2012 @ 11:11 am
I my self had to have a Myelogram 12/11 as my neurologist said the MRI was of great quality but he needed more contrast to look at my blown S1/L5. Luckey me my neurologist told me there was nothing he would be able to do for me after the 800$ MRI and the 12K +Myelogram and CT scan and a complete bone scan. I got the worst headache thru the Xmas season, for 5 or 6 days I laid in bed and tried not to move. I just had another MRI 6/12 per my doctor for my shoulder and I asked her to include a scan of the base of my neck to the middle of my back. She said I would have to have surgery on my shoulder and that I have 3 ruptured disc between C3 thru C7 and I needed to go to a neurologist about my neck. Well as usual he said I would have to have ANOTHER MYElOGRAM, for the love of GOD I thought I don't think I can handle another one. They say the odds are 1 in 10 that you will get a headache and may need a blood patch, well yesterday 6/29/12 I went for another Myelogram and talked to the Dr. About my prior problem after the procedure and he said that he would do what he could. There are several needles that they can use, and he told me he would use the smallest if possible and the also have a needle that is blunt as he put it but decreased the chance of the headache and said he likes the sharp ones over the blunt ones as he said he had a better feel for where the needle is but would and did use the blunt needle for me. He hit a nerve that ran down my right leg, I don't know how to compair it to anything but sticking your toes into a wall outlet, I told him and he said that was good and he was in the right place. Huh? Okay I said when he inserted the dye, OMG it felt like some 250 pound man was standing on his toes inside my thighs by my man parts. As he inverted the table to get the dye into my neck, for heavens sake I thought I was gonna die right there on that table. My first Myelogram felt nothing like the second as the first one was for my lower back and the second was for my neck. The first I felt no pain when he put the needle in or the dye, so I was not worried about that part only if it was going to be a repeat of the headache. Well I've said enough before I get to my point, I have no headache today so that makes me a 50/50 guy. So to anyone who has had this done before and may need it again, ask them to use the smallest needles that are dull and by all means drink a lot of carbonated fluid 24 hours prior to the event and plenty after to flush the dye. I am no Dr as you probally can tell but my Dr. Gave strict instruction to lie flat (no pillow) for 8 hours after and try not to bend for 48 hours after that. Good luck to any one who has to have this procedure and to all the misfortunate ones who do get and have had the headache from hell, bless you as you did and will need it.
Linda
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Jul 26, 2012 @ 12:12 pm
My goodness I don't know if I really want to increase the already horrible headaches I am having now. I'm scheduled for a Mylegram Aug 1 and I am terrified after reading all of these comments. Someone please help!
angela
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Jul 27, 2012 @ 7:19 pm
wow!! im gonna have a mylegram done in a couple weeks and now im more terrified than ever about it. at least i know what to kinda expect. very scary!!!
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Aug 16, 2012 @ 2:14 pm
I had a myelogram about ten years ago and it was a tough experience. However, it did isolate a major problem that did not show up with X-ray and MRI. So when I had to go for another one three days ago, I was anxious. The older one involved being strapped into the contraption, lots of pain after the dye was injected due to the extent of my stenosis, and almost a full day in the hospital. Things have changed!

I chose the hospital that I have recently found to have the best and newest equipment even if my deductible will be a small amount higher. The new procedure is uncomfortable from the standpoint that you do have to move from table to table and they want you to roll a bit to get the dye distributed as well as possible before the CT. But that being said, what a difference! The table is now tilted gently, you are not strapped in, the injections are quick and there was only a little nerve pain from those. Everyone was careful to make me as comfortable as possible. They took me straight to the CT, did that, and then to a recovery room with warm blankets and a big cup of hot coffee. I stayed there about an hour, and got some very detailed instructions about rest, positioning my head up that night, drinking lots of fluid, the possibilty of headache, etc. It's two days later, and I have not a trace of headache, no additional soreness except from the positions I had to take, and no reactions. I'm back to doing things just as before. Actually, this was a lot easier and much less painful than an epidural injection. I didn't have any tranquilizers or extra meds except for the anesthetic injected before the dye is placed.

Really, I feel for the folks who have had a bad experience, but I'm afraid those experiences show up more frequently. The ones like I just had aren't posted very often. They really aren't very exciting and you just move on. I am hoping my doctor appointment for tomorrow will give me some info about the new radicular pain I am having. I will ask for a copy of the radiology report for my own records, also. That has been a good thing to have in the event that doctors change or different hospitals are used. (I have had two laminectomies and three fusions, and am diagnosed with stenosis, nerve compression, degenerative disc disease, spondylistheses, and arthritic spurs. I also have developed some mild acquired lateral scoliosis. History of interventions over the past 15 years.) I hope this helps some people who are frightened of this test because many of us just don't have much trouble with it, and it is very helpful when other methods of finding dysfunction just don't work.
Kenneth C. Casey
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Aug 19, 2012 @ 1:01 am
I have Failed Back Syndrome, and possible Degeneritive Disc Disease, So three weeks ago i had a
CT Mylogram, since then i have increased Left Lumbar pain,Left hip pain and left thigh & calf
pain what could have possibly happened during the CT Mylogram to cause this severe pain i am
having? Could you please help me?
John
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Aug 22, 2012 @ 10:10 am
I had my first ever Mgram this past Monday. It went remarkably well. There was a small amount of pain when the local was injected but none what-so-ever when the dye was injected. I was unaware that the doctor had reached that point.

The rest of the day went like clock work. Maybe 15 minutes in recovery and then on the way home. The rest of the night was Ok too. Tuesday morning I did have a Bear of a headache but after eating the cure all, chicken soup, the headache melted away and has not come back.

Bottom line do all you can to follow before and after instructions as closely and diligently as possible.
Good Luck.
Cindy
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Sep 1, 2012 @ 6:06 am
OMG!! My pain was excruciating!!! I don't know the size of needle that was used, but after they took a sample of the spinal fluid, they injected me with some type of mild tranquilizer and started the procedure, I had pain in my extremities with ton's of pressure, well that's what it felt like heavy painful pressure that made me scream out in agony, I begged for them to stop, that's how bad the pain/pressure was..they hit me with a stronger tranquilizer that calmed me down for about one minute, and then the torture was back on..I screamed in agony through the whole procedure, less the one minute of relief from the tranquilizer. I never did get a headache afterwords...just the procedure itself was the worst experience in my life, and the damage to my neck is extensive..
elaine odell
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Sep 6, 2012 @ 7:19 pm
i had a mylogram in 2009 and haad no problems i am now 64 and have to have another on but my cervical is worse i am scare it could be worse i have lots of pinch nerves and compressed spinaal cord
Lynn Snow
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Sep 13, 2012 @ 4:16 pm
I had a mylogram few days ago. Was a great experience and a fantastic facility and Dr. No problems except some soreness few days after in the needle area. It was very effective in that they found a problem not able to be detected by MRI or CT. Highly recommended.
Nancy Lassig
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Oct 19, 2012 @ 7:19 pm
Dr. Fulp at St. Joseph's in Atlanta performed a mylogram on me this morning. I was scared to death as I had had a terrible experience in the early 1980s. In fact, I'll call it a gruesome experience. What a difference 30 years makes and getting a good recommendation for a doctor.

There was a 100% difference between the two experiences. I had no sedation; the worst discomfort was the prick of the local needle. I had no headache afterward; in fact I'm amazed at how normal I feel. I'm taking it east, today, but I'm allowed to resume normal activity tomorrow.

Thank you, Dr. Fulp.
Kathryn
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Nov 3, 2012 @ 6:06 am
im havig a CT mylogram on the 14th of this month,the thought of a needle going into my spine really freaks me out,i had a moss miami fusion in 1996,and am having major probs again,i really am terrifed!
keith
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Nov 4, 2012 @ 3:15 pm
I had a mylogram friday friday nov 2 2012. It has been three days and the headache will not go away. I would never do it again.I did not want to but was talked into it by my Dr's PA. I feel like hell!
Dorothy
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Nov 28, 2012 @ 5:17 pm
I'm 74, have severe degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, now scoliosis and have lived with pinched nerves from my neck to the tail of my spine for the past 20+ years. I've had 3 whiplash neck injuries; therefore, my neck is shaped backward as compared to a normal neck. Now, my nerves in my neck are pinched to such a degree that my right arm is in extreme pain when I move it or try to do anything and the pain is in my shoulder all the way down my arm to my pinky finger. It's on the other side also, but not as painful. I went to see a neurosurgeon and he looked at my MRI's and said there were 4 places where my discs appeared to be completely gone and the spinal joints were just sitting on top of each other. He recommended I go for a myelogram, said he couldn't do "surgery" meaning a cage, etc., but he might possibly be able to use a small instrument and open up those joints some taking the pressure off of the nerve. I have a phobia for needles and nerves that most people have never experienced as far as pain goes, i.e., extremely sensitive and reactive. I had the MRI yesterday. They said they wouldn't sedate me but let me take 1 valium which I couldn't tell I'd even taken. I've been on pain meds for years and most of them I gave up soon after getting them because they did nothing for me. I have a high opioid tolerance and always have. It takes about 3x as much pain reliever for me than the average person. They said there would be a little sting from the deadening needle, but I shouldn't feel it after that. My Lord in Heaven! They surely have never had this done to themselves. The deadening hurt me a lot I'm so sensitive, then he started by putting the needle in my low lumbar area. That was really, really painful and got worse and worse with every passing second. Then, he did something that made me scream out with the most excruciating pain I've ever felt. (I've also had a double mastectomy which was quite painful but not this bad!) I think he must have gotten the needle into my sciatic nerve and suddenly it felt like he'd sliced my back open and shoved a 2" wide knive all the way down my right buttock. It was beyond any pain I'd ever had! I'd asked them to sedate me but they wouldn't for some reason, although my sister was sedated (she has MS). First, these doctors don't have a clue how it's going to hurt unless they've had it. They don't tell you there are things that can happen causing huge amounts of pain. I will NEVER have another one even though I cannot use my right arm for almost anything without severe pain. That pain is uncalled for, it doesn't fix anything, the MIGHT be able to see the spot a little better, but I think is is just another profit center in their clinics like chemo is for most people. I didn't have it after my breast surgery and am clear now for 2 years. Standard chemo would not have done anything for the kind of breast cancer I had but I couldn't take the only one that would help without first taking the one that wouldn't. Also, after doing months of research I learned that at best, the only thing that they could guarantee was 3 to 5 weeks longer life. Not worth it because I believe it kills as many people as it helps. They need to quit altering natural drugs with synthetic substances so it can be Trademarked and sold for 10 to 1000 times as much as it should cost.
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Jan 16, 2013 @ 10:22 pm
im suppose to have a mylogram tomorrow 1-17-13 and im so scared after reading some of these posts, i pray i dont have a horrible exsperience tomorrow.I cant even spell right, im truly scared to the point of almost backing out of doing it.But my kids say that it will finally tell the drs what i need to have done i have suffered for 4yrs with degenertive disc disease and 4 bulging disc and spinal stinosis. i do want to be fixed if possible i know all of it cant be fixed, i also have siatica badly down both legs and a fractured t-7. i dont think i can stand the pain that some of these people are describing. please pray for me thank you.
DaRhonda
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Feb 27, 2013 @ 1:13 pm
I have a CT/Myelogram scheduled for Monday. I am now terrified. I have a history of migraines, which I take preventative meds for & have immediate help med for also. Guess I'm just going to have to settle down & take it as it comes with a lot of prayer!! I have degenerative disc disease, degenerative arthritis, an implanted neurostimulator for pain control, fibromyalgia & other stuff. My left leg is extremely painful, but also numb and buckles at either my knee or foot if I try to walk much at all. Doc thinks something is pinching on my spinal cord somewhere & I can't have an MRI because of the implant. Pray for me please!
Lori
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Mar 5, 2013 @ 6:18 pm
I am scheduled for one next Monday and feel like backing out after reading all of these stories. Any good experiences?
Patrick
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Mar 10, 2013 @ 9:21 pm
I had a CT-Myelogram 2 days ago. The 1st Doc attempted 5 times to find my spinal cord to inject the contrast ,everytime missing either hitting a nerve shooting excruciating pain done left leg and right leg .She then calls for another Doc who made 4 more attempts leaving me trumatised until on the 10 attempt he finally found an entry point and injected the contrast.During the test I prayed and prayed offering all the suffering to My Lord Jesus in reparation for not only the sins of my past but also for the world we live in which the devil satan has convinced many there is no longer anything called sin.I pray also no one has to suffer the pain I suffer from and why the test had beeen ordered. God Bless you all in your quests to relieve the sufferings you experience daily
Susie
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Mar 11, 2013 @ 2:14 pm
I'm having my myelogram tomorrow morning and I'm terrified! I've had 2 previous myelograms years ago and they were aweful! Not only was the test extremely painful the migraine when they sat me up was excruciating! The last one my migraine lasted for a few days and my hubby had to take me to the ER for the migraine they next day I believe. I have migraines anyway but these far exceeded anything I have ever felt!

I have low back problems and have had a surgery on L5 and S1 several years ago (2008). The pain and problems are getting worse and worse. I pretty much have constant low back pain, a lot of shooting pains down both legs, numbing, tingling, burning down the backs on both legs, muscle spasms and just horrid pain. I can't sleep at night because of all this. Can't get comfortable. I've been falling in the house when I wasn't using my cane, so now I keep it with me at all times. I've been using a cane since the last car accident. The pain management doctor sent me back to the neurosurgeon and he is calling for the myelogram. The pain management doctor says I have 2 bulging discs and 4 pinched nerves on both sides of my lower back. I was in the hospital for 4 days for pain management in October after going to a chiropractor. They did 3 MRI's when I was in-patient then. All 3 sections of my back and neck. He sent me back to the neurosurgeon because he said I would benefit from decompression surgery.

Then I go to the neurosurgeon a couple weeks ago and he says it's not definite I have pinched nerves. Huh?? He thinks I have neuropathy from the back problems and diabetis. Possible fibromyalgia too, not sure. But he needs me to do this test to see if I definitely have the pinched nerves. When you have bulging discs isn't that where you get the pinched nerves??

I'm totally frustrated and tired of being in pain! That's an understatement really. I'm very scared about tomorrow's test. I remember when I had the myelogram before, when they put the dye in and had me strapped to the table. When they moved the table up and down I was moaning loudly in pain. Why would the dye cause such pain? What does that do to cause so much pain?

Then you lay there for a few hours flat. But I remember very clearly when they sat my head up OMG! I was screaming in pain from the migraine. This time because I warned them about my previous myelogram and the migraine they were ready. There was a doctor there injecting something into my IV. I think he had to do it a couple times for the pain from the instant migraine. When you have bad migraines to begin with does that make you more likely to get the migraine afterwards? This was the time I had to go to the ER the next day from the migraine.

I'm reading that drinking a lot of fluids today will help me for tomorrows test. Is that true? Anybody have any advice for tomorrow? The neurosurgeon will be there to give me the results he said. I certainly hope so. Don't feel like waiting after going thru all this for the results. I swore to myself last time I had the myelogram I'd NEVER do it again. But here we go again! He said he needs this test.

Is there a doctor there the whole time during the myelogram? It's a doctor that puts the needle in right? If I'm in terrible pain during the test will they give me anything for pain if I'm screaming? I will definitely tell them about the possibility of the migraine so they'll be ready. I'm in enough pain now I can't handle the excruciating pain during and after the test. Is the possibility of the fluid coming out when they put the needle in, is that where all the pain is from? Thank you for listening to me and any advice would greatly be appreciated.
Ryan
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Mar 15, 2013 @ 1:13 pm
Had the procedure done yesterday at St Vincets in Jacksonville. Barely felt the needles to numb up back. And didnt feel the needle that injected the dye. However I did get some wild feelings from the dye. Started at first like a 500 pound weight was on my legs, then i was convinced i pissed myself. I even asked the nurse haha. There was some mild discomfort with the dye as it moved up the spine and after the xrays were taken i rested for four hours and released
Note: no activity the couple days following. I got up this morning and retrieved my truck from the hospitol. Bad idea. The bumps on the road and the sitting up and shifting were all aggravating the headache. Not a spinal leak thank God. But bad headache never the less.
I think a great staff made it alot better experience :)
Nancy Lassig
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Apr 15, 2013 @ 8:08 am
See number 42. If I didn't live in Atlanta, I'd travel here to get it done at St. Joseph's by Dr. Charles Fulp. The horrible descriptions sound like the myleogram I had in the 80s. It was no big deal this time. I made the mistake of reading beforehand, and I almost backed out. What a different experience I had with Dr. Fulp.
Annette
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Apr 17, 2013 @ 1:01 am
Myleograms; Stay away from them.I had one of them in 1980 in Australia using the toxic dye at the age of 19. Followed by surgery shortly after. Never suffered with headaches at all until I had that procedure and have been plagued by headaches ever since and as some of you have mentioned, these headaches have required pain injections and nausea medication which leaves you debilated for days. The pain I currently have in my back is nasty to say the least. I seem to have to tell my legs to get moving when I get out of bed or have been seated for sometime e.g travelling. The burning sensation never seems to cease and my tail bone gets incredibly sore. Urgency to urinate is now experienced as well as low libido. I along with many of you remember the procedure as if it was done yesterday. Never Never Never will I ever allow the medical profession to carry out this type of procedure on me. To add insult to injury I had a CT scan with iodine,some 9 years ago followed by hives, itching and anaphylactic shock. I am now also highly reactive to any foods or meds or supplements with iodine. Before that seafood was my favourite meal. Can't even smell the stuff without reacting now. Thanks again Drs.
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Apr 29, 2013 @ 7:19 pm
I had a myleogram oct 10 1988.. Every minute of my life since then I live with nasty headpain.. Nothing but nothing helps.. All pain meds make my headpain even worse.. I had blod patches none of them helped at all.. I would not give this procedure to a dog.. dont do it..
Marilyn
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May 31, 2013 @ 1:01 am
I had a cervical myelogram done in 1988. It felt like they poured boiling water in my head. Did have an excruciating headache after I returned home but, luckily, my doctor told me to meet him at the emergency room at the hospital and he did a blood patch. Immediate relief. I have a lumbar myelogram scheduled for this coming Monday. Believe me, I will not wait days if I get a headache. As the doctor said in 1988; what was the point of my being in pain for two days. I am a bit anxious; but I am hopeful that they can find out what is going on with my back and do the right treatment plan. I have been in chronic pain since 1984. I have had a fusion in my lower back in 1987, and a titanium cage inserted in 1998. I had cervical surgery done in 1988 with a bone graft from my hip inserted. Had a rib removed and nerves under my right armpit removed due to thoracic outlet syndrome. Needless to say, I am not wanting to have another surgery unless it is absolutely necessary. After all these surgeries, I am still in pain. I am connected to a tens unit right now and wear it all night and part of the day. Thank God for Bedbuddies. I have read so much about people in my same situation. I am 62 and have been disabled since I was 37. Never dreamed back problems could persist for so long and that I would degenerate so much. I empathize with you all. I am hopeful that they will be able to help me this time.
Mike
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Jul 14, 2013 @ 5:05 am
I had this done a few weeks ago. My lower back is kind of a mess and I have a nuerostimulator that doesn't allow me to have an MRI. I hope the results are worth it. It wasn't as painful as a discogram but it did have a touch of suck to it. The first several days after having it done my back pain was much worse. I'd say that lasted 4 or 5 days. Late on the night I had it done I got my first headache. For the last 2 weeks I've been getting headaches. They aren't severe, but they seem to be often and irritating. It's been almost three weeks and I'm still waiting for results. I just hope this will answer some things I've been chasing for years.
Karen
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Aug 24, 2013 @ 12:12 pm
I'm having a myelogram on wednesday. Please someone tell me these horror stories are from long ago and do not still exist. I'm scared to death and really thinking about backing out.is the pain of a myelogram really as bad as they say? Having mine do at Harris Hospital in downtown Ft Worth. Has anyone this year had a good experience . All I can do is stay nauseated and cry because I'm scared to death.
tammy chastain
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Aug 26, 2013 @ 11:23 pm
Karen, I had my second one today, this morning. Went really well. I had one in 06, at a different hospital, that was the worst! Now that I've had two different experiences, different hospitals, big difference! The idiot in 06 didn't want to get non latex gloves and was in a bad mood, he could only find small ones, he was a huge man. So he was pissed at me, and dug around in my spine for an hour. Horrible, then he grabbed someone in the hallway and that man did it right. Today I had mine done by my new neurosurgeon. Awesome this time. Only post opt problem is, like someone else said, they hit it right on the head. They said it feels like a camel kicked her in the butt. I have pain/muscle relaxers, to help and a great gel freezer pad. Hope it goes well. Good luck Karen!
Delaine
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Aug 26, 2013 @ 11:23 pm
I just had a myelogram done today. I will have to say the staff was great and that helps out trendmedously. I felt the numbing needles with little pressure and some discomfort. I didn't feel the dye going in until Mike hit a nerve that was just alittle horrible, but tolerable. I did have some pressure as the dye was being injected and the moving up, down, side to side was the best but it wasn't too bad. It's been 8 hours out and I have a slight headache but I do have pain to my lower back and find it difficult to sit or lay right now. But, if we can find a problem to the pain that I'm having at age 44, this is the price I pay, suffer through it. Loved the staff at CRMC outpt imaging they were great.
mrs wallace
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Oct 23, 2013 @ 5:17 pm
I had one of these 3 weeks ag o. Do not do it. The pain in my head was the worst I have ever experienced. Could not stop being sick, ened up calling the emergency services. When I was in hospital they gave me morphine for the pain which didn't even touch the pain. Had total bedrest for 10 days. Then had a bloodpatch which did help.. been at home for 5 days now still bed ridden. Worst procedure I have ever had done. Never again.
Jody
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Nov 16, 2013 @ 11:11 am
I just had a Thoracic and Lumbar Myelogram with CT scan yesterday. In order for the procedure to go smooth, I insisted on receiving a sedative and pain medication. I received Fentanyl(pain medication), and Versed( a drug that makes you "forget" the procedure). It went well; I am sore today for sure, but insisting on these medications during the procedure will ensure that you stay still, which is probably the most important part. They also use xray in the beginning, to make the most appropriate choice on where they enter the spinal canal. We have to be our own advocate's, if we want things to go well. Good Luck to all.
miranda stephens
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Nov 25, 2013 @ 4:04 am
Im 19 and am scheduled for myelogram on wednesday (11-27-13) and im so scared cuz ive never had one before so i dont know what expect and seeing all these bad experiences on here has made it worse.im gonna call doctor for info and everything but you know how alot of doctors sugarcoat it and make it seem like its not as bad as it is so i wanna get answers on here.i have spina bifida at sacral area and that spot is also real tender and everything to pressure so i dont know how this will be.thanks everyone have a great day! :-)
Linda
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Nov 26, 2013 @ 4:16 pm
Just wanted to post I have had LP's, CT Epidurals and 2 CT Myelograms. I was horrified after a CT Myelogram done in the early 80's and Lumbar Puncture around 4 years ago that left me with sciatica for 6 months. When the radiologist back in 2009 hit my sciatica nerve they giggled when my leg involuntarily almost kicked the x-ray tech. I have had 3 back surgeries and recently had my series of 3 allowed cervical epidural shots. They were so painful and regenerated the pain I am experiencing to the nth degree. However, I may add the doctor that did them put the medicine in slowly, asked repeatly if he should stop. etc. I endured these after conservative measures did not resolve the problem. My 1st myelogram back in the 80's resulted in the headache from out of no where in this World but it was miraculous how fast the blood patch stopped the headache. My doctor that did the epidural shots would do a blood patch if needed. Had a little headache right after but pain pills keeping it at bay. The doctor that did my CT Myelogram recently was very, very professional. Made sure he understood all of my other medical issues, went very slow, explained everything and talked to me about other things while doing it. It was painful through the hips when he injected the contrast but was tolerable. When they were taking pics of my neck in positions that regenerated the pain in the shoulder and arm but that was needed for them to view the spine. This doctor was Diagnostic Radiology / Neuroradiology. I have metal that is magnetic so I can no longer have MRId. I will be writing a letter of gratitude to the doctor that referred me to this professional and to the doctor that did the Myelogram. Hope this helps someone. Thanks and God Bless
Sandy
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Dec 31, 2013 @ 11:11 am
I had my myelogram done yesterday dec 30 2013 and I ran into no problems I stayed in bed for 24 hours like I was told today feel great sorry some had problems...
Kim south
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Jan 10, 2014 @ 4:16 pm
I had a myelogram about 1986 due to a slipped disc in royal surrey England, I don't remember it being painfull but due to not drinking the 3 litres of water they recommended I has such a bad headache for a whole week unable to get out of the bed, the thing is the more you drink the more you want to go to the toilet and you have the stay in the hospital bed for the day and you are not allowed out of bed you had to buzz a nurse for her to get the commode and as they were very busy it would take a long time coming and you would be busting so I only drank 1 litre, I wish they said how important drinking the water was.
I carried on having a mild headache every day for 6 months.

3 years later I needed another myelogram and was dreaded it but this time I drank the 3 litres of water and had my husband stay with me getting the commode when needed. I suffered no headache this time. The myelogram was inclusive so I had to have a MRI to confirm the results anyway so a wasted myelogram and worry

I have regular headaches and migraines every since and I have always wondered if the myelogram was the cause, after reading some of the comments on this page I think I might be right. I wish they would do a questionnaire by writing to the people who had these sort of things done in the past and if they have any after effects.
Ronald
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Feb 25, 2014 @ 2:14 pm
I'm scheduled for my first myelogram on 4/4/14, and I am scared to death. I am so scared that they will do something to cause the needle to pierce my spinal cord, thus causing me to be paralyzed. The headaches I'm not too concerned with, it's the possible side effects like possible heart failure that scares me.
Pam B
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Mar 4, 2014 @ 1:01 am
It's beneficial to see the inputs that others have written as my doctor didn't "warn" me of what to expect. I have suffered with pain in my neck, middle back and lower back. I've had two "failed" cervical fusions C-4,5-6 with severe chronic pain since 2001 following and auto accident in 1999. Since then, my middle and lower back have been getting worse and I was given the myelogram to examine the entire spine.
My myelogram experience: A lidocaine injection to the back inhibits the pain as the larger needle injects the dye. Once the dye is injected, pressure can be felt immediately. The Radiologist then moved the table and lowered my legs, I could feel the dye move and it felt as if dense "brownie batter" flowed into every available space within my legs. This was quite painful in both legs until the Radiologist moved the table back to a horizontal position and the pain slowly subsides. I was then tilted so that my head was pointed downward. The dye flowed into my head but fortunately not as dense as before but felt like a consistency of a thick "YooHoo". Of course, instant headache that was not relieved for about three days. Fortunately for me my headache was not excruciating but obviously not pleasant. The CT Scan followed without incident and I rested in the office for about 1.5 hrs following the 2.5 hr procedure(s) before going home. I've had multiple surgeries, multiple pain management therapies and chronic pain for over a decade. Sadly, I know pain intimately. I described this test to my husband as a "beast". I was given two days of steroids for pain and headaches following the procedure. It's been four days and I'm now back to my "normal pain". This is not a test that I would welcome in the future but I'm satisfied that the results showed my problem -- four more herniated disks (neck, thoracic and lower back). I just wanted to share my experience because I had no idea what to expect; which in hindsight may have been a good thing. My advice, stay positive and stay hydrated.
gw
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Mar 7, 2014 @ 8:20 pm
I had my first myelogram today and it wasn't a bad experience at all. I typically don't ask for sedation for any of my facet joint injections and even the painful RFI, but this one had me a bit anxious so I asked for it to chill out. The valium and demoral shot they gave me easily took the edge off and the rest was cake. The needle could barely be felt going in. I did feel pressure like there was a weight on my back as the dye went in and then when I was lowered I could feel it moving upward, but it wasn't bad at all. I've been laying down all day and drinking electrolytes and water like I was ordered and plan to take it easy and heavily hydrate all weekend. This my personal and not professional opinion, but I think the hydration part of the recovery is very important. Not sure why there are so many horror stories. I did hear that the older myelograms were bad, but the dye and the needle size is so much better these days it is a lot easier.
Mary
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May 10, 2014 @ 2:14 pm
I had a myelogram in 2009 without much incident, just tremendous pressure. Not pleasant but I managed to get through it. I had spinal fusion at L2-L3 following. Bad surgery to get over. Now have lost discs above and below the fusion. Doctor ordered another myelogram, which was done yesterday. It was the worst experience of my entire life. I was not premedicated. I felt the lidocaine injection, which was bearable, then he inserted the spinal needle (which hurt) and began injecting the dye. He was talking to me constantly. Said I had a lot of fibrous tissue to get through, scar tissue from previous surgery. When the dye broke through the scar tissue, I felt like I was being struck be lightening. Had severe sharp pain in my left buttock and groin and all the way down both legs, particularly the left side. My pain is mostly on the right, so this was very unexpected. I was writhing in pain and screaming out and my left leg kicked up. Had bad muscle spasms in my left calf. I was shaking like a leaf and holding on to the nurse, who had moved to my head. I'm sure I left her bruised. She was great, but it did not help the pain. The doctor said that it should t be hurting like this, but it definitely was. They finally finished the lest and had me roll back over to the gurney. The nurse tucked me in with warm blankets; I was cold to the bone but also sweating, shaking and crying uncontrollably. She pushed me to the CT area and handed me off to their staff. The nurse there was wonderful and could see that I was in extreme pain. She went and got and injection of Demerol and phenergan. Said it would sting, but I did not feel it due to the extreme pain. It did work some in about 10 minutes. Seemed to take the edge off of the pain just a tiny bit. Finally got the CT completed and was moved to recovery for four hours. It took a long time to stop shaking and crying. They finally released me to go home - 100 mile drive - and I got in the car, reclined the seat, tucked in with a blanket and pillow. We stopped as soon as we got out of the city and my husband got me a Mt. Dew to drink as they instructed to drink as much caffeine as possible. Stopped again about halfway home and got a large coffee. Was so glad to get home to my own bed. I felt every bump in the road the entire 100 miles. Thankfully, I've only had a trace of a dull headache, but have had horrible pain in my left buttock and groin area, as well as my right shoulder and arm. I still break into tears every so often, and I am not a crier, so this is very weird. Continuing to take in as much caffeine as possible, and am taking my regular pain meds (30 mg oxycododone SR twice a day, with 10 mg of endocet and 5 mg of zanaflex 4 time a day for breakthrough pain, which is really constant pain. Hopefully that tomorrow will be much better, but we will just have to wait and see. I feel like I've been run over with a truck. I will never ever have another myelogram. Hope everyone else's experiences are much better than mine. I apologize for the long post.
Cyndi
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May 30, 2014 @ 5:17 pm
I had a myelogram about 4 years ago. I remember nothing!! I must have been pre-medicated. I am having another one tomorrow. After reading all these comments, I believe I will ask to be pre-medicated again! I have had two laminectomies and fusions. I am fused from L3 - S1. The doctor suspects that L2 needs to be fused in. I live with a lot of pain in my lower back and in my left leg.
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Jun 3, 2014 @ 5:17 pm
I'm scheduled to have a myelogram next Wednesday , 6/11/14 in cervical area. I've had multiple neck surgeries from 2003 - 2011. On front and back of my neck. I'm fused at C3 thru T1 with titanium rods , screws , wires and surgical clips. I'm very scared to have this procedure done but my orthopedic Dr. / surgeon has recommended it because I'm still in great in my neck and upper back, chronic headaches and pain in my upper extremities . I'm very terrified about getting this done. Does anyone have something they can share with me to ease my stress over this procedure ? I'm 43 years old. Thanks and God Bless !
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Jun 21, 2014 @ 10:22 pm
I had a mylogram 4 days ago and the muscles in the back of my thighs hurt, and also my left ankle. Is this normal to still have pain this long after? Also my hips hurt.
rachel
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Jul 10, 2014 @ 8:08 am
hi, i was scared to death to even go to my mylo yestreday after reading these posts. however, because of my back pain and MRI resuts, i decided i needed to suck it up. i have to say, they gave me vicodin(liquid form) and versed (liquid form) just before the procedure. I felt a small prick when the lidocaine went in and some pressure but the test was not ubearable. I was super nautious all day yestreday until late in the evening but then it subsided and i ate a little something and felt better, this am, i do have a pretty bad headache but if i lay my head, elevated on a pillow, it gets better. so, it gets better with rest. i just may not be ready(24) hours later to be upright yet. i will take it easy today but honestly it was not the most horrific experience i ever went through. i think years ago it was, in fact i spoke with radiologist and PA who did the procedure and told them what i have been reading and how terrified i was, they said years ago it was actually "barbaric" but is not anymore due to teh type of needle they use and a diffrent typr of dye as well.
Charlie
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Aug 2, 2014 @ 5:17 pm
I had a mylogram in February 2014 before surgery. Initially, I had lower back pain at the site of the injection. Now I have a burning sensation equally on both sides of my buttocks and the back of my thighs when I am in a sitting position. Has anyone experienced any burning pain like me after a mylogram? This is unbearable. Is it ever going to end?
Aimee
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Aug 7, 2014 @ 2:14 pm
Had 5 mri's in less than 4 months. Started with compression fracture then developed leg, and butt pain with numbness. My neurosurgeon said the mri's don't show bad enough reason for surgury so wants me to have a mylogram. I take several medications on the hold list and I am very sensitive to going off them. I also have heard horror stories about the mylo. I told her I was not comfortable having one, and told her why. She got very angry with me and said if I dont have the mylo she will no longer see me and left the room. I thought it was my body and if I was willing to live with the pain for now everything should be cool. So now I no longer have a neurosurgeon, and will just live with the pain. Just wanted to vent
Jane Anderson
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Sep 4, 2014 @ 1:01 am
JUST WANTED TO WRITE A POSITIVE REVIEW ON THIS MATTER!!! I had the procedure done today, and it really isn't that bad. The roughest part was the numbing shot and it just felt like a bee sting for a minute, didn't have no pressure or feel anything after that shot. I was hurting in my lower back after I got back to recovery but received a pain shot. I hated that I researched the procedure before I had it, because most people only give negative feedback, don't see many positives, so I decide I would share my experience. I did have a slight headache after I got home, but I drank two cups of coffee and lots of water, and took some ibuprofen, other than that, nothing, hope this helps!!

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