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Posted by John on October 08, 2000 at 01:24:32:

In Reply to: What is a malagram?please explain this procedure. posted by Chris on October 06, 2000 at 21:16:34:

I have had several malagrams due to neck problems. The doctor gave me a shot in the lower back to numb the area. I was awake the whole time. A tube is inserted that allows a dye to flow in you. You will feel a pressure on your back like someone is pressing on you. It is uncomfortable but not painful. The worst part is when the table is tilted down so that the dye collects in the neck. I had a folded towel under my chin to keep the neck arched back. You may be in this position fo a minute or two while more pictures are taken. The whole procedure was 20 - 30 minutes. You may have heard of the "malagram headaches". Believe me - they are awful. However the dye is now water based and not oil based. The body absorbs the dye faster now. You will need to stay on your back with your head slightly evevated for 8 - 12 hours to keep the dye out of your head. The dye getting in your head causes the headaches. My last two were "a piece of cake". A female friend had one recently and had to have a spinal blood patch to ease the headache pain. Stay in the bed and don't let the dye get into your head. Use the bedpan in needed!

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