Hi. You had a rough time getting through that discogram.. so many obstacles! Wow.. but you made it. I agree with the others about the discogram being a positive tool for you, but with unfortunate process. I am also very med sensitive and they only gave me pain killers right before I left the hospital when I had my discogram done last March. I threw up all night and all the next day too! The procedure was extremely painful, the pain meds came way too late, and I hurled for 24 hours.
BUT, IT WAS WORTH ITS WEIGHT IN GOLD for me. It was able to produce my pain, BUT with a HUGE twist. My bulging disc all the docs thought was causing my pain wasnt at all. It turned out the one above it was the problem but did not show on 3 years of MRIs.
If the doctor had done my surgery on the bulging disc, it would have gotten rid of the bulging disc, but my pain would have remained because it was the one above it.
So try and look at it with the glass being half full and not empty. It confirmed what they were seeing. That is a good thing.
As to the conflict with the surgeons opinions.. if you are not sure what route you want to go... I suggest you hold off until such time that you can make an informed decision on what is best for you. You have to be at peace with your choice. Surgery is surgery regardless of which one you choose. The surgery risks are there for both.. and ADR's are not easily undone, shown by recent research.
I would get another opinion or two. But when you do.. make sure you do not tell the new docs what any other docs opinions are.. let them draw their own conclusions. But definitely take your MRI's and reports.
Im not sure what the doctor meant about what hurt being gobs more than a C-Section. I have had a fusion and also a C-Section as well. Discogram.. healing from that.. was less than the C-Section. I was quite sore from it, but I was back at work within 2 days. The fusion.. it is worse than a C-Section. So much is messed with internally and lots to heal. But all very manageable.
It's really hard at times to stay focused and not become a "victim" to this back trauma. It really requires to pull deep from within at times. So I say take a step back a tad, ingest what's been said by the two docs, then either choose then or pause and get more opinions and learn more about the options and then make your decision then with a peaceful mind when you do.
I first hurt my back at age 18.. herniated l5/s1. I was told not to have children because of my back. I have two children, now grown and while it was hard many times raising them. I am now 45 and had my first back surgery.. fusion at l4/l5 last april.
You have a full life ahead of you and you will lots of wonderful years watching your participating in the growth of your kids.
Hang in there. We are routing for you! Tammy