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I posted about 10 days ago..
"20 Years ago Fusion at T11-T12-L1 with Harrington Rods"

When I was 19 I suffered a complete compression fracture of T12 and partial fracture of T11 and L1 and received Harrington Rods. 2 years later the rods were removed. Fast forward 20 years and I'm dealing with new issues. My ortho read my new CT Scan and it appeared I was anteriorly fused at T9-T10 and fused at the facets from T10-T11-T12. Hmmm... mystery of what happened to L1. My thoracic spine showed kyphotic lordosis with about a 30 degree angulation at the fusion - (no wonder it feels good to slump over).

My doc stated that he could offer relief from my mechanical back pain through surgery and looked to me for my willingness to proceed. My daily pain is at the point warrants the procedure so I agreed. Next step is the Disc-o-gram study with a study of 3 different discs. I've read on this board that the procedure is very painful and some say it's not. Has anyone had it done for 3 different discs? Am I crazy to think I can return to my office the next day? Should I request something stronger than a Vicodin or Lortab for recovery?
Thanks in advance for your response!
Hopeful for a pain free day,
Ross ;)
Personally I have never had one yet but am due to get one at some point. We actually discussed this exact subject on the Pain board a few weeks back.
The general concensious then was that for some it hurt a whole lot, up to a week, and especially the first few days, while others seemed to do OK with the medications they were currently on. A few individuals could not function for several days. Everyone I guess is different and maybe the doctor makes a difference as well I'm not sure.

The advice given at the time was that it is OK to ask your doctor for something stronger than you currently take for at least the first few days after the discogram and including the day it is done. It was suggested that it is also OK to ask the doctor for an injection of pain meds such as demmoral or comparable right after the discogram is done if you are feeling pain.
If you currently take Vicodin or Loritab for pain on a regular basis then yes I'd ask for something stronger, possibly Percocet on a 4 hour schedule or if the meds you take now are on a 6 - 8 hour schedule ask if you can take them every 4 if needed and make sure you have enough medications to cover you should you need them.

Good luck and I'd be interested in hearing how it goes for you since everyone seems to have had different pain results with it.

Barbie
Quote from rbennet:
I posted about 10 days ago..
"20 Years ago Fusion at T11-T12-L1 with Harrington Rods"

When I was 19 I suffered a complete compression fracture of T12 and partial fracture of T11 and L1 and received Harrington Rods. 2 years later the rods were removed. Fast forward 20 years and I'm dealing with new issues. My ortho read my new CT Scan and it appeared I was anteriorly fused at T9-T10 and fused at the facets from T10-T11-T12. Hmmm... mystery of what happened to L1. My thoracic spine showed kyphotic lordosis with about a 30 degree angulation at the fusion - (no wonder it feels good to slump over).

My doc stated that he could offer relief from my mechanical back pain through surgery and looked to me for my willingness to proceed. My daily pain is at the point warrants the procedure so I agreed. Next step is the Disc-o-gram study with a study of 3 different discs. I've read on this board that the procedure is very painful and some say it's not. Has anyone had it done for 3 different discs? Am I crazy to think I can return to my office the next day? Should I request something stronger than a Vicodin or Lortab for recovery?
Thanks in advance for your response!
Hopeful for a pain free day,
Ross ;)



My son had a 4 level discogram. He said it was awful and absolutely could not have gone to work the next day. However, he had no sedation of any sort. Some on this board said they have gotten at least mild sedation. One disk out of the 4 reproduced the pain. It took him a few days before he was pain free (about 10). But, every one is different.

He laughs about it now but he wasn't laughing then.

He is glad he had it because it did show an additional disk problem besides the spondy so it wasn't in vane.

Bobi