Posted by anon1
on October 08, 2000 at 10:34:39:
In Reply to: I've had several posted by John on October 08, 2000 at 01:24:32:
First of all the word is "myleogram" - no such thing as a malagram!
Second a myleogram of the neck is not the same as for your back. Therefore not a piece of cake. In the back myleo. the spinal fluid which is in our spinal canals (which really shouldn't be disturbed) is taken out by puncturing (making a hole) the spine. The fluid HAS TO BE REPLACED with equal amount of dye because that's how the body works. Our spinal canal fluid is there for a reason and really shouldn't be taken out or replaced with anything. This is what causes the headache. Not the dye. It's the disturbance of the spinal fluid itself.
Than CT Scans are done. They send you home and tell you to lay in a certain position for so many hours. Supposedly the dye will be reabsorbed by the body in the spinal canal and the spinal fluid will readjust itself to the way it was. Hopefully the puncture will heal. Sometimes it doesn't and spinal fluid will continuosly "leak out". Very danagerous. Do yourself a favor and do a search on the word "myleogram" so you know what your dealing with. Also search on "risks".
: 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!