Wednesday, March 23, 2011

More Tests

Paul had his back doctor appointment this morning. I posted that it was Friday, but it was today. They need to run more tests. The MRI he had showed that he had a lot of scar tissue. Now they need to do another Myelogram to see if the scar tissue is causing his nerve pain or if it's something else. This is what it is:

A myelogram uses a special dye and X-rays to make pictures of the bones and the fluid-filled space (subarachnoid space) between the bones in your spine (spinal canal). A myelogram may be done to find a tumor, an infection, problems with the spine such as a herniated disc, or narrowing of the spinal canal caused by arthritis.
The spinal canal holds the spinal cord, spinal nerve roots, and the subarachnoid space. A dye is put into the subarachnoid space with a thin needle. The dye moves through the subarachnoid space so the nerve roots and spinal cord can be seen more clearly. Pictures may be taken before and after the dye is used. To get more information from the test, a CT scan is often done after the X-rays, while the dye is still present.

Paul has already had 2 or 3 of these done within the past year and 8 months. It's done at the hospital and takes a few hours. After we go home, I have to monitor him to make sure he doesn't have any spinal fluid leaks. He has to lay down for several hours after and make sure he doesn't get a headache (which is an indication of the spinal fluid leaking). It's not a pleasant experience, but it will give the doctor some answers to why he's in pain.

P.S. My sister still hasn't gone into labor.

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