Re: lower back laminectomy
Well, my back didn't show anything major with the MRI. Just a "possible bulging" at L4-L5. It wasn't until I had the discogram that the real story was told. I had a huge tear on the L4-L5 disc, and the dye being pumped in was coming out almost as fast as it was injected. I went through the roof with pain.
Discograms are the most painful test devised by mankind to do to another person, but in my case all I can say is that without it, I never would have known that that was the disk that was causing all my pain. My disc had bulged, but had healed enough to be called "iffy." It had bulged enough to damage my left leg nerve without it being visable on a current MRI.
Maybe your disc bulged, but then healed enough to not be seen on an MRI.
All I know is that my sciatic nerve will blow up so bad that I have to go to the hospital for morphine injections.
Maybe one of them would help determine if the disc is the cause of the nerve issues? They are very painful, but with your nerve issues, I don't see how it wouldn't be helpful. At least your disc could be ruled out.
Also, a CT-Myleogram might help as it allows dye to be pumped into the spinal canal, then you are moved around and bend and twist under the X-ray, so they can tell if your disc is "slipping" when you move. These aren't painful at all. It sound's as if your disc is slipping as you lay down and causes all these issues. And if it slipped and bashed into your nerve root, it would explain why you sound like you've done damage to the nerve and it takes weeks to improve.
Just ideas, but I hope they help.
Last edited by Stormygale; 08-22-2004 at 02:40 PM.