I had a myelogram done in ’96. It doesn’t hurt – just uncomfortable. Afterwards you have to keep your head no higher than 10-30 degrees above your body. It just means laying in bed for about 8 hours. You can get a spinal headache if you don’t and a spinal headache is just the worst! There are things they can do for that, though, like a caffein IV or a blood patch.
I ruptured a disk in my back and they wanted a myelogram to see how extensive the damage was and exactly which way it had ruptured. It’s amazing how much they can tell! I had surgery to remove the disk stuff and repair the damage the very next day. Doing fine from that now.
All it is is a radioactive dye that really shows up on x-rays. They injected directly into the spinal column (kind of like a spinal tap). It felt cold, but didn’t hurt.
I had back surgery in April of ’96 and it was the best thing I’d ever done. I don’t have arthritis or your other problems – mine was a ruptured disk. If I hadn’t had surgery right away, I would have had permanent damage and permanent pain. So….don’t be afraid of back surgery. One word of caution though – the spine is where all the nerves are and is not just bones. I had a neurosurgeon do mine. I’ve referred other people to him and he does not always recommend surgery. You might want to think about having a neurosurgeon check you out.