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Discogram: After the Test

You may be given pain medication after the discogram. You may also have a CT (computed tomography) scan. This imaging test gives more information about the disc. 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 medication to help ease the pain. If the increased pain lasts longer than 5 days, tell your doctor.

Call Your Doctor If You Have

  • Worsening pain in your back or legs.

  • Fever over 100.0°F (37.8°C).

  • 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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