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Discogram: After the Test

You may be given pain medication after the discogram. A CT (computed tomography) scan may also be done. This imaging test gives more information about the disc.

After Your Discogram

  • Have an adult friend or family member drive you home after the test.

  • Take it easy for the rest of the day, as advised.

  • Lie down with your head flat if you get a headache.

  • You may be in more pain than usual for up to 5 days after the discogram. Your healthcare provider may recommend medication to help ease the pain. If the increased pain lasts longer than 5 days, tell your healthcare provider.

  • Be sure to contact your healthcare provider if you haven’t received your test results within 2 weeks.

Woman drinking glass of water.
Drink plenty of water to help flush the contrast fluid from your body.

Call Your Healthcare Provider If You Have:

  • Worsening pain in your back or legs.

  • Fever over 100.0°F.

  • Numbness, tingling, or weakness in your legs.

  • A headache that lasts for 2 days or more.

Author: StayWell Custom Communications
Last Annual Review Date: 5/15/2011
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