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Myelogram - Long term side effects

Just over 20 years ago (at the age of 12) I had a Myelogram procedure in Australia following a motor vehicle accident. The Myelogram showed no spinal damage but the dye leaked into my brain. Over the proceeding 4-5 week period I was hospitalized with a severe headache. The hospital put in me in a dark room and didn't feed me during this time as I could not keep solid food down. The doctors at the time were going to drill into my head to release the pressure caused from the dye but the pain eased before this took place.

After leaving hospital, I began to get severe headaches (migraines) about every 2 weeks. Over the past 20 years the prevalence of these headaches has now reduced to about once every 2-years. When I get the headaches they last for about 4-8 hours and I experience incredibly pain throughout the front of my head.

I've been managing these headaches by taking 60-120mg of codeine as soon as I get the initial symptoms - these are usually blurred vision and numbness in my hands, feet and face (including lips, nose and eye-lids).

I'm interested to hear if anybody has had similar long-term side effects from the Myelogram procedure and whether there is any more effective way of treating the symptoms.

Cheers,
Benn
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40 years ago i had a mylogram and the myloid fluid still shows flourecent near y lumber spine and dotted about the pelvic nerves. I have dreadful problems with the nerves triggering and its got worse. I do have medicine now to control it but it also stops brain activity as its used for ep`s Can this retained old fluid be the cause. jacki
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I also have myodil dye in my spine from 30 years ago they say it causes adhesive aracnoidites,meaning the nerves all stick together like spiderwebs, there was a class action against the makers of this dye glaxo or now glaxo_smith,i think ..you need a mri to be diagnosed with this ..i need to find my notes on this that iv'e got somewhere.i hope i can be of somehelp will get back to you cheers marg...
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My wife just had a Myelogram and had severe side affects.

She has had 3 Patches in the back, this procedure is the Dr will take 20ml of your blood and inject into the spinal column, the idea is that the blood will form a clot and block the leak.
This has stopped the severe headaches, dizzyness, anxiety slowness in thinking etc.
Very hard to find where the leak is, which makes it very hard to block.
Hope this helps.
Anthony
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I had a meylogram 12/09 while on the table shortly after the dye was injected in my spine I had a headache.I suffer from cluster headaches but was in a dormant period until I had the myelogram. I an still having them 3-5 a day with no releife in site. Anyony else had a simular experience ? if so what worked to break the cycle
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I'm having similar symptoms you are having. I was told I have arachnoitis,clumping of nerves on L4-5.  I have burning,stinging pain down my legs and back and severe leg cramps. The pain is sometimes goes through my whole body. What do the doctors recommend for you or how do the doctor treat you for arachnoitis?
I was thinking was there a recall on myelogram dye?
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I am in agony in my lower body lumber sacral hips knees and feet sometimes the trigger shooting pains make me cry out in pain I had a myleogram some 25 to 30 years ago which is showing up on a recent MRI. so I would be most grateful for any information you can give me. best regards Lester
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Hi, I had 3 Mylograms in the 70,s and 80,s
All these years later I suffer constantly with the headaches. I have been given for many years 12 Imigran injections a month, to inject myself by my Doctor. Some months I have to have extra.
When I have an x-ray or an MRI there is Mercury residue at the base of my spine which is shows as silver.
I have tried for years to gain help and relief. Specialists have told me that "it's only residue my dear" and will have no bearing today.
Convenient eh?
My life has been wrecked by Milograms, and the medical profession shove it under the carpet
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The end result of a Myelogram especially between 1944 and 1991 worldwide is a condition known as Chemically Induced Adhesive Arachnoiditis. A persons level of harm caused by this injected dye [now known to be too toxic for human use] known as iophendylate [Myodil or Pantopaque or the other 21 brands of the same used around the world 107 countries] is decided by: how much injected, how much was removed, and very importantly the level of inflammation of the nerves at the time of injection. Today, up to 80 related medical conditions/symptoms have been directly linked to the use of this dye [NIH 1997]
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