What you need to know about Discography

Discography is a medical process that is comprised of injecting a pigment in the soft jelly like center of the spinal cord. The pigment is used to indicate the problems of the spinal cord

During the process, the physician analyzes the amount of stress required to inject the pigment into the spinal disc. Sometimes it causes pain as the pain that you regularly experience and the amount of pigment used, and how does the pigment appears to be in the X-ray film after it is being injected into the disc

Most people undergo different changes in their spinal discs with age and circumstances but in may cases these symptoms do not appear to be alarming

There are many alternatives to discography and the alternatives may be simpler than this process. However, in hard to diagnose cases discography is helpful in cases of surgery, discography may increase the risk of disc problems

How Discography is performed

The discography process is performed in position of you lying on your stomach. Your gestures are observed using an EKG, blood pressure cuff and oxygen monitor, the skin of the injection site is cleaned with an antiseptic solution and then the injections are introduced. An X-ray machine is used to monitor the specific levels. After the process, you can lay on your back in a recovery room

While injecting the pigment into your disc the doctor will also insert X-ray contrast in your disc if  the pain you experience is the same as concordant pain, this will determine that the pain is caused by disc damage

What will you feel during the injection?

The procedure is started by injecting a tiny amount of local anesthesia through a small needle, this will feel like a slight pinch and a slight burning because of local anesthesia, the skin is numbed, after numbing  the skin might feel a bit pressured because of needle injecting. When the normal disc is treated, you will only feel pressure, but if the damaged disc is injected, you will experience pain. During the injecting process, you will be asked several times about the pain if you experience abnormal pain in any of the injected discs it means it is damaged

Normally the MRI and severity of pain define the number of discs to be injected along with it a normal disc is also injected to make it as a reference point

Side effects

Commonly observed side effects are increased pain from injections for a short period of time, and in rare cases the fluid filled sack of the spinal cord is damaged, which can cause headaches and infection, bleeding or pinched nerve