To my friends and cp supporters. I survived and am living. I made it thru my discogram yesterday. They had a terrible time starting an IV and had to use ultrasound to locate the vein to get it started.
The procedure was extremely painful. I would say a 10+.
Anyway per the nurse (she was such as sweetie), I had the level above my fusion light up and she believes the one above that. So it looks like L3 and L4are now pain generators as my doctor suspected. I see my dr. on Monday morning to find out our next step but I will say that there is no doubt in mind that we now have a pain generator and I can move forward knowing in my heart that we are working on the correct level causing the pain.
Due to my birth defect, scar tissue, and previous surgeries they could not test L5 and s1 as the surgeon wanted but he suspected as much before the procedure. Since these areas were previously fused, I don't think that this was so important as the L3 and L4. L2 did not generate pain (well maybe some pressure but nothing significant) and was my control disk.
To anyone that is waiting/going thru one, I don't want to scare you but it is extremely
painful and I highly recommend that you have someone around you the next 24 hours to help. I feel bad but I had to wake my honey to help me make some breakfast so I could take my pills. I just can't handle being on my feet at the moment. The pain thru the night has been waaaaaay out of control.
Overall this experience is not fun, but I think it gives me hope that I can move forward confidently and take the risk of another surgery. At this point, I will gladly take some anthesisa -