Thoracic discogram info
I will be having a thoracic discogram to determine whether one or more of the bulging discs in my spine are the source of the pain I am having due to the facts that the pain is more organ and abdominal in addition to spine and because I have more than just a couple of degenerated and bulging or herniated discs that could be the cause. It is not a widely performed test and therefore, difficult to find a doctor who is experienced in them. How far would you travel to see a doctor who has experience in thoracic discography? What questions would you ask to verify his experience? What type of doctor does this besides an anesthesiologist? I have never seen anything where the disc is injected with analgesics after the provocative portion is done. Is this not standard practice? I have a PPO. Do insurance companies normally pay and since I will be paying a copayment at minimum, what is the average cost? Any additional info anyone can help with regarding thoracic discogram or fusion would be greatly appreciated! I am looking for info specific to thoracic discogram and thoracic fusion. I am familiar with spinal fusion basics and have already had fusion at L4-5. Thank you!!