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I would like to hear if anyone has had similar problems from a Discography. My lower back has been hurting for years, and has become unbearable the last year or so. I have had x-rays, Lumbar MRI, epidural injections, facet injections, and now a Discography. The MRI did not show pinched or derteriated discs or other issues. I was told that the Discography showed no fissures or tears that could be worked on. I have read that the Discography should be relatively painless if you don't have ruptured or torn discs. However, the procedure was quite painful for me, especially afterwards. And this pain did not go away over the next few days, like they said it would. In fact, it seemed to produce new pain in my right buttocks. For about 20 days this pain was much worse than I have had previous to this procedure. Over the last few days it has started to subside some. But I still have more pain than before the Discography! Has anyone else had so much pain after this procedure, especially when they said no fissures or tears were found?

One more thing I want to add, and would like any comments on, is that I have about 7 metal staples in me from a Retroperotineal Lymph Node Dissection (RPLND) surgery 20+ years ago. That was from Testicular Cancer that I had when I was 20 and fought for about three years. I have also had many stomach problems since the RPLND surgery. I didn't even know that I had the metal staples in me until about a year ago when I had x-rays of my back. I bring this up because the doctor touched one of the staples with the needle, during the Discography. That part was very painful. During the past year doctors have told me they don't think the staples could have anything to do with my back pain. They have led me to believe that they aren't in an area that could affect it. Which seems logical since the RPLND was done through my stomach. Now I think that if one was touched by a needle during the Discography, then they must be very close to my spine and could be the cause of my pain. The doctor that did my RPLND surgery has long since passed away, and the hospital has not been able to produce records of what type of metal was used. This came up during my MRI as well. No one knew if they would cause a problem with it. Anyone see the House episode where bullet fragments came through the patients head during an MRI? I don't know how real that is, but my MRI did seem to work out ok.

Right now I don't know where to go next. The clinic I have been going to doesn't seem to want to deal with the staples. They didn't even document them, or touching them during the Discography, in their records. I want to get other opinions but don't have very good insurance. The cost of these procedures and the prescriptions is hurting very much financially. I know that there are many in these forums that face the same problem--having trouble working with so much back pain, and having trouble paying for treatment because you aren't working enough.

I have already benefited from reading about others in these message boards. I would appreciate hearing if others have had similiar pain after a Discography, and any other advice on my situation!
[QUOTE=wt2;2351074]I would like to hear if anyone has had similar problems from a Discography. My lower back has been hurting for years, and has become unbearable the last year or so. I have had x-rays, Lumbar MRI, epidural injections, facet injections, and now a Discography. The MRI did not show pinched or derteriated discs or other issues. I was told that the Discography showed no fissures or tears that could be worked on. I have read that the Discography should be relatively painless if you don't have ruptured or torn discs. However, the procedure was quite painful for me, especially afterwards. And this pain did not go away over the next few days, like they said it would. In fact, it seemed to produce new pain in my right buttocks. For about 20 days this pain was much worse than I have had previous to this procedure. Over the last few days it has started to subside some. But I still have more pain than before the Discography! Has anyone else had so much pain after this procedure, especially when they said no fissures or tears were found?

One more thing I want to add, and would like any comments on, is that I have about 7 metal staples in me from a Retroperotineal Lymph Node Dissection (RPLND) surgery 20+ years ago. That was from Testicular Cancer that I had when I was 20 and fought for about three years. I have also had many stomach problems since the RPLND surgery. I didn't even know that I had the metal staples in me until about a year ago when I had x-rays of my back. I bring this up because the doctor touched one of the staples with the needle, during the Discography. That part was very painful. During the past year doctors have told me they don't think the staples could have anything to do with my back pain. They have led me to believe that they aren't in an area that could affect it. Which seems logical since the RPLND was done through my stomach. Now I think that if one was touched by a needle during the Discography, then they must be very close to my spine and could be the cause of my pain. The doctor that did my RPLND surgery has long since passed away, and the hospital has not been able to produce records of what type of metal was used. This came up during my MRI as well. No one knew if they would cause a problem with it. Anyone see the House episode where bullet fragments came through the patients head during an MRI? I don't know how real that is, but my MRI did seem to work out ok.

Right now I don't know where to go next. The clinic I have been going to doesn't seem to want to deal with the staples. They didn't even document them, or touching them during the Discography, in their records. I want to get other opinions but don't have very good insurance. The cost of these procedures and the prescriptions is hurting very much financially. I know that there are many in these forums that face the same problem--having trouble working with so much back pain, and having trouble paying for treatment because you aren't working enough.

I have already benefited from reading about others in these message boards. I would appreciate hearing if others have had similiar pain after a Discography, and any other advice on my situation![/QUOTE]

I was so glad to find your post because the exact same thing happened to me. I had a very very very painful discogram and i actually tested partly positive on L4-5 but when they did the CT scan they didn't see any ruptures or tears or anything. The dics look great. So, I have no idea what's wrong and i have been in sever pain for about 25 days now post-op from the discogram. The pain has just never let up from the procedure and i'm so worried. Let me know if you ever get any answers. At the very least, it makes me feel so much better to know that i can talk to people who know what i'm talking about.





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