Although I haven't had a myelogram, I have had MRI with contrast (dye injected). The difference? My dye was injected into my arm and spread throughout the body - The dye injected into you was done directly into the spine and actually into the thecal sac, so that it will highlight the nerves in your spine.
Your dye would have shown up on an xray or CT.
There is a risk when they inject the dye directly into the thecal sac. I cannot have that done since I already have adhesive arachnoiditis (scarring and clumping of nerves in thecal sac). -
here is some helpful info:
There is some risk of problems with a myelogram.
•About 20% of people who have a myelogram develop a headache, nausea, or vomiting after the test. The headache may last for 24 hours. In rare cases, a seizure may occur after the dye is put into the spinal canal.
•There is a small risk of a seizure if the dye moves to the brain. This is why if or when you lie down, you need to keep your head raised higher than your body.
•There is a small risk of infection at the needle site or bleeding into the spinal canal.
•In rare cases, the hole made by the needle in the sac around the spine does not close normally. This can allow spinal fluid to leak out. This leak may need to be repaired through a procedure called an epidural blood patch. To do the patch, your doctor injects some of your own blood to cover the hole.
•There is a small risk of having an allergic reaction to the dye. You will be given medicine for a reaction.
•There is a risk of kidney problems if you take metformin (Glucophage) to control your diabetes.
•In rare cases, inflammation of the spinal cord, weakness, numbness, paralysis, or loss of control of your bowel or bladder may develop.
•Also in rare cases, the dye may cause blockage of the spinal canal. If this occurs, surgery is usually needed.
•There is always a slight chance of damage to cells or tissue from radiation, including the low levels of radiation used for this test. But the chance of damage from the X-rays is usually very low compared with the benefits of the test.
After the test
Call 911 or other emergency services immediately if you have a seizure.
Call your doctor immediately if you:
•Have any increase in pain, weakness, or numbness in your legs.
•Have a severe headache, stiff neck, or your eyes become very sensitive to light.
•Have a headache that lasts longer than 24 hours.
•Have problems urinating or having a bowel movement.
•Develop a fever.
What kind of additional pain are you experiencing?
It's also called Myelography and it seems to be similar to epidural injections except that they move the table around with you on it instead of having a moving xray around you. And of course do not inject steroids. It's possible to have more pain due to a number or reasons and everyone is different.
Yes! I did have an increase in pain after a myelogram. So much depends on the skill of the doctor or technician who inserts the needle into the spinal cord. The one I had was a disaster. They discovered that the machine wasn't working AFTER the needle was inserted. No sooner did they remove the needle with the intention of moving me then the technician got it working again. Some luck, huh? The holes didn't seal up before they discharged me so I kept leaking tiny amounts of spinal fluid. I had a spinal migraine for a week, which is worse than any "regular" migraine ever thought about being. All I could do was lay flat on my back in a dark room and wait it out. Even getting up to go to the bathroom brought on such terrible pain that I'd vomit. The vomiting only made me leak more spinal fluid so it was a vicious cycle. Pain meds didn't touch it.
Sometimes the positions we're put into for the myelogram cause other problems and aggravate the original injury. That's another situation that only time can heal. How are you doing?
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