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Discogram: After the Test

You may be given pain medicine after the discogram. You may also have a CT scan. This imaging test gives more information about the disk. Your doctor will tell you when you can get the results of your test.

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

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 doctor may recommend medicine to help ease the pain. If the increased pain lasts longer than 5 days, tell your doctor.

When to call your healthcare provider

Call your healthcare provider right away if any of the following occur:

  • Worsening pain in your back or legs

  • Fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher, or as advised by your healthcare provider

  • Numbness, tingling, or weakness in your legs

  • A headache that lasts for 2 days or more

Online Medical Reviewer: Fetterman, Anne, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: MMI board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Last Review Date: 12/11/2013
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