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Additional Pain From Discogram

Shawn here with a question for you.

I am gearing up for a 4 level PLIF. And ever since my discogram two months ago my pain has doubled. My pain that was 90% in my lower back and 10% in my leg, is now 50 & 50 now with the pain in my left leg.

My first question is, do discograms injure the discs further?

I know that the test itself was horrible to go through. And the acute side of it was bad for a few days but was not told that there was any chance of it making my pain worse for good.

Can any of you fill me in here?

Thanks in advance.

Shawn
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  • jellyhalljjellyhall Posts: 4,342
    edited 11/02/2012 - 5:41 AM

    I can't help with information about discograms because I haven't had one.

    I was wondering if you had a date for your surgery now?
    Mine is on Monday!!
  • I don't think the test causes further injury, but it is a test to find out the spots from which the pain is coming, so I'm sure it moves things and riles them up a bit. I had a three-level fusion, which was no fun at all, but I am now a lot better than I was beforehand, so it was well worth it for me. Know that your recovery is going to be long and not easy, but hopefully, you'll have a good outcome. I could barely walk before my surgery. Now I get along pretty well, if just a bit stiffly.

    Are you currently in Physical Therapy? My therapist was able to keep things from seizing up too badly in my back before surgery so that I could keep the pains down my legs at bay. They were still there, but not quite so intense. A TENS unit might help too.
    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
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