From the Mayo Clinic's website: "During a discogram, dye is injected into the soft center of the disc. The injection itself sometimes reproduces your back pain. Several discs may be injected, to try to pinpoint the cause of your back pain. In addition, the dye will move into any cracks in the disc's exterior and will show up on an X-ray or CT scan."
I had to be at the hospital this morning at 6:30am & I was admitted and given an IV. Around 8am, I was wheeled back to Radiology to get my discogram done. My doctor was awesome and as gentle as possible, but HOLY CRAP, it still HURT!
They inject contrast into the herniated disc (Mine is at L4/L5!) and recreated the "normal" pain I have... only it was multiplied by about 1,000! When they asked me my pain level from 1-10 I said "11" in all seriousness.
Thankfully, the doctor said the test was conclusive and that the results would be forwarded to my neurosurgeon to discuss with me and my next appointment. If they were inconclusive, I would have had to do that again. No thank you!
Now I'm laid up in bed at KMFT's parents' house, because it's about 5 minutes from KMFT's job. That way, she can come check on me on her breaks
Time to pass outtttttt!