What else do I need to know before I appear for a Myelography?

While undergoing myelography, the following points need to be kept in mind.

– Myelography is a relatively painless test though you may feel some minor discomfort during the insertion of the needle.

– It is necessary to drink a lot of fluids to flush the dye out of the system. The contrast dye is filtered by the kidneys and excreted through urine in the next couple of days.

– Consumption of alcohol should be avoided for the next 24 hours after the test.

– Arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure since you should not drive by yourself.

– You will be exposed to some x-ray radiation during the procedure but that is too small to cause any damage.

– No strenuous activity should be undertaken in the next 24 hours and quick movements or bending over should be avoided for the next 48 hours.

– Do not lie flat or position your head lower than the rest of the body in the next 24 hours after the test.