My experience having a myelogram of my cervical spine.
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    Many of you know about my lower back problem resulting in the need for back surgery.
    Surgery was unsuccessful. I am left with permanent neurologic leg pain and weakness in both legs. I am disabled as a result. My spine surgeon told me this could happen in other parts of my spinal column.
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    Unfortunately my surgeon's warning came true.
    Now I have cervical (neck) spine symptoms in my right arm. It comes and goes and varies among excruciating shooting pain down my right arm, achy pain, and numbness and tingling.
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    I can't have an MRI because I have spinal stimulator implanted to help reduce the pain.
    So they ordered a myelogram.
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    First they do a lumbar puncture (insert a needle into the spinal canal in your lower back)
    They numb the area first
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    Then they inject contrast (dye) that helps them see your cervical spine more clearly.
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    Then they adjusted the gurney so my head was lower than my body.
    They had me roll side to side about 3 times to get the dye down to my head and distributed
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    After that a CT scan of my neck
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    While all this was going on, my husband played solitaire to pass the time
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    They had me lay flat for about 90 minutes. I had a slight headache after about 30 minutes. Otherwise I could have gotten up after 60 minutes.
    I drank 3 cups of tea because they said caffeine would help with the headache and it did.
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    I soon felt back to baseline and my head could be up 30°
    See how happy I was?
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    Note bed hair with static electricity! 😂😂😂
    And attractive hospital gown
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    And finally I was discharged home
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    The discharge instructions are disappointing.
    Lounge in bed or a recliner as flat as possible except for meals and bathroom for 24 hours. Light activity the following 24 hours. We have a *very* busy week and I had hoped to get a few things done. No tubs for 7 days (this is the worst for me because I use my therapy tub for pain relief). Showers okay after today. Not much I can do about it except follow the rules. Life goes on❗️
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    Thank you for reading my list! Love and hugs❤️💞❤️💞❤️