Please report to Admissions
in the main lobby 1 hour before your myelogram is scheduled.
The actual time your
myelogram is done depends on many factors.Usually they are done within two hours of your arrival.Please bring something to read or
do.You will be able to leave the
hospital approximately 4-5 hours after the myelogram is completed.
Please bring someone to
drive you home.Do Not eat
or drink anything after midnight the night before your myelogram except your
approved regular medications with a small sip of water.
Please be sure and bring all
your medications in their original bottles to the hospital. This way the
hospital staff can review them and you will be able to take those that are
Do not take any anti-depressant
medications or anti-nausea medications for 48 hours before or after your
myelogram (this includes elavil, amitriptyline, and phenergan).Do not take any medications that thin
your blood for one week before the myelogram (this includes aspirin, arthritis
medications, anti-inflammatories, and blood thinners). ).Do not take Glucophage (Metformin) the
day of your myelogram and for 48 hours after the myelogram.Taking Glucophage around the time of
your myelogram can damage your kidneys!
Instructions For After Your
1.Drink plenty of liquid (at least 2 liters per
day).Caffeinated beverages are
beneficial if you have headache.
2.Limit your activity for the first 48 hours.Try to lie down most of the time.
3.Take your approved routine medications. We will
instruct you when you may resume your home medications that you have been asked
to stop prior to the myelogram.
4.If you should experience a severe headache, nausea or
vomiting proceed as follows:
A.Go directly to bed and lie flat without a pillow. Keeping your head down helps decrease
the headache.You may lie in any
position that is comfortable.
B.Drink plenty of caffeinated beverages.
our office the next morning to report the headache and receive further
instructions.It is not necessary
to call during the night for this headache.
5.If you experience a seizure or any other serious
problem, go to the Emergency Department immediately.
6.Bring your myelogram films or
CD to your follow-up appointment.