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Anyone ever have one of these tests before? I have to get one and I was just wondering if they were really painful.
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replied October 7th, 2005
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Hi there...

My name is holli and I am an xray tech who has helped radiologists perform hsg tests. The test can be uncomfortable, some women would say even painful, but not only will it just show if your fallopian tubes are open, it could help open them if they are not. When the xray contrast - dye- -goes through your tubes to do the test, it could actually remove blockages from them. So it would definitely be worth the pain...

Good luck

holli
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replied February 19th, 2013
Thank you Holli for sharing this information...I myself have to go do this test in the morning and was quite worry...
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replied February 19th, 2013
Thank you Holli for sharing this information...I myself have to go do this test in the morning and was quite worry...
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replied October 14th, 2005
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I've had 3 hsg's and none of them were painful for me. There is some cramping though...And my dr advised me to take 2 aleeve about an hour before having the test done.

The only time i've heard of actual pain was when there was a blockage in one of the tubes.

For me...It was as if I was having typical af cramping.

Ask them when they are doing the test if you can watch too! It's a great distraction from the cramping..And very cool to watch

good luck with it!

Nancy
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replied October 14th, 2005
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I have had an hsg done before and for me it was painful. Only because I have a very small cervical opening and when they inserted the tip to insert the dye it hurt badly and the whole time I was uncomfortable. Anyways good luck! My fertility specialist told me that often women will get pregnant within 3 months after having this done.
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replied November 7th, 2005
I am having this done next week as well, and I was concerned about the pain too. I'll let you know how it goes!

When are you having yours done?
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replied December 10th, 2005
:evil: hi

i had one of these tests done a week ago and I found it more painful then labour pains! I also have a friend who's been trough it and she agrees with me. Somebody above mentioned that a blockage could make it more painful...Will I only have one good tube, the other one is blocked off so probably that is why it was so painfull for me.

Good luck and I hope things went well for you. It did for me...My other tube was in good shape.

Jewle
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replied March 5th, 2007
I had a HSG performed about a 1 1/2 years ago. I was told to take ibuprofen before arriving. I would agree that it is quite uncomfortable. Definitely stronger than a menstrual cramp during the fluid infusion. Luckily it doesn't last too long. I only had one tube appear and it was inconclusive on the other tube. I was told it could have been in spasm or possibly blocked. 4 months later I conceived and had a second miscarriage. That baby was ovulated out of the side which was in question. So just because you don't see the tube appear on the screen doesn't mean that it is blocked, it maybe only in spasm.
My advice is to take the ibuprofen or whatever your doctor recommends before arriving. Don't worry it will be over before you know it.

Good Luck!

I'm scheduled for amniocentesis this week. Anyone had both a HSG and amniocentesis? How do they compare in painfulness?
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replied September 14th, 2011
I feel so relieved to hear you say if the tubes don't appear on the screen, it could be in spasm. I had an HSG test done today and I left there so upset because my husband and I been trying 6 months to concieve since I had my tubal reversal back in March. On my HSG test neither tube showed up on the screen and I was told they are both blocked. That can't be possible so I called them and told them how could this be and just because another doctor in another state did my reversal, the doctor in my home town tried to scare me by saying maybe that other doctor took my tubes out. I didn't find that to be funny at all but I called my doctor out of state and they also told me the HSG could be wrong due to spasms so thanks for sharing your experience with me.
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replied March 9th, 2007
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Cyndi
I had one couple of months ago, and I too was told to take Advil before hand, and I did. It was very quick. I had a 20 seconds of bad cramping during the dye ingection and then it was just pressure. Don't worry, it will be quick and it really isnt that bad.
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replied February 24th, 2008
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Hi Everyone:

I had my HSG done three months ago. It was really very very painful for me. I was just crying with the pain. I have been told i do not have any blockage of tubes or any other problem. It is been three month after HSG Still trying .So for no luck.
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replied April 10th, 2008
Well i just had one day before yesterday/ an im 20 years old an didn't take no medicne, because nothing works for my cramps.Everything went fine untill they injected the dye i started to feel so much pressure in that area it do feel worse then period cramps. It was hard for me to turn over on my side but my boyfriend had to help me i also held his hand, so you should probably do the same when you the pain hit cha. Also on my way home i was still cramping for about a hour then i had some spotting. two days later i still have some spotting but no cramp. Just remember to take your medicine an hold your boyfriend hand. GOOD LUCK
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replied March 3rd, 2009
Pain
Ladies I just had one three hours ago and the pain is unbearable ...During the injection of the dye, telling me to turn on my side and after when I had get dressed , then in my car on my way to work . The only solace was that lady said childbirth is worse , that's something to look forward to . Smh !!!! I cried like a baby , it was the worse pain ever , I only knew god . I really thought I was going into cardiac arrest; the only good thing is , it stopped after 2 hours to be safe . Advil doesn't work !!!
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replied April 14th, 2009
hsg test - blocked tubes
I had my HSG test done 5 days ago..I was extremely nervous . When they injected the dye I felt cramps..Yes it was painful but not as bad as Ive read on some posts. I ended up having both of my tubes blocked and they say when the tubes are blocked the pain is worse. the pain wasnt that bad but the news was heartbreaking. I felt no cramps after the procedure was done but did bleed a little afterwards. I was wondering is there any chance HSG test are not accurate or could be wrong. Im due for a dignostic laproscopy next week to make sure. Im prsying for a miracle..
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replied May 11th, 2009
hsg test done today
After reading all the posts i was really scared. I took one tylenol with codeine hr and a half before the test. The whole thing took about 5 minutes. The sharp pain I experienced lasted no longer than 10 seconds and then it felt like mild menstrual cramps. Little bleeding afterwords. DO NOT GET FREAKED OUT! It's not bad at all.
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replied July 16th, 2011
how painful is hsg
i'm scheduled for my hsg this tuesday 7/19/2011 and i am freaking out. i'm going to be going back to work after i do get painful cramps during and after my period. i'll let you all know how it went wish me luck.
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replied May 11th, 2009
hsg was not accurrate
Well as mentioned in my previous post I went and have a lap and dye test done two weeks ago to confirm what the Hsg test revealved. The hsg test said both my tubes where hydro blocked.. Well I did the lap test and yes both tubes where blocked but not hydro. The surgeon was able to unblock both tubes and there was no adhesions or scar tissue or liquid. She said most probably I was born with blocked tubes..Could this be possible ? I never heard of this but thank God she was able to unblock them..We dont know yet it they will eventually reblock but Im praying for a baby miracle..I have to say the the surgery wasnt easy..I stayed 3 days in hospital..The anestesia made me sick like hell (excuse my expression), I think the gas they injected inside made it worse. I couldnt walk normal the first few days. It took a good 10 days to fully recover and resume all activities. Im 2 weeks after the surgery and all scars are gone..It was worth it in he end especially knowing that it wasnt hydro blockage. In my opinion Hsg are not always accurate and a lap and dye test should be considered before taking further measures...Good luck to all...
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replied May 23rd, 2009
Nothing to stress about...
I agree with Nati's post. Do not freak out like I did after reading some posts about HSG test. I had mine yesterday and it's nothing more than a long pap smear. No pain, little pressure but that's it...Best wishes to all
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replied June 21st, 2009
I had one and the cramping was mild. I found it awesome to watch the dye move through my body. And the best part was I got pregnant right after I had it done!
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replied July 3rd, 2009
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Hi dchesney

Which clinic or hosp you did you go for the HSG?

Regard
Cin
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replied July 21st, 2009
HSG Experience & Concerns
I was fortunate to get an appointment after 2 months of waiting (instead of 3). I went in 4 days ago. I took the recommended 800mg of Ibuprofen.

My initial sensation was not where I thought it would be (around the abdomen/uterus area), but I felt a strange warming just below my pelvic bone, high on my right outer thigh. Upon the insertion of the tube and with inflation of the balloon, I felt an uncomfortable pressure that subsided within a few minutes. The pain was bearable and nothing to be scared of if I had to do it again. Although, it did cause me to wonder how labor pains would compare. LOL

During the procedure, the doctor had me lay down. I did not have to roll to one side. On the monitor, I could see the dye filling the fallopian tubes. The experience was worthwhile because it put to rest some of my concerns.

Following the appointment, the doctor told me that the ink would get reabsorbed into the body.

Overall, the procedure was relatively quick and the results instant.

Since the appointment (4 days ago), I was surprised to find that I have had no vaginal discharge. Not that I'm complaining! LOL
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replied July 30th, 2009
When I had my HSG several months ago, it was horrible. I had minimal cramping when they inserted the tube to inject the dye. It was uncomfortable. When they injected the dye, there was excrutiating pain. I almost had tears in my eyes. Then they wanted me to roll on both sides. I just wanted to curl up in a ball. I did get to watch the whole thing on a monitor, but that wasn't enough a distraction from the pain. It hurt!! Then when they were done and told me I could go get dressed, I had to lay there a couple minutes because I couldn't get up. I had pain the whole way home. I had took a vicodin before I went (about 1 hour), but apparently it didn't kick in until after I got home. I thought the pain was over but apparently it was just the vicodin kicking in. I got more cramping, which wasn't as bad as the procedure but was still painful (worse than period cramps), after I woke up from my nap. Along with those cramps, I got a fever and the next morning I threw up. I was miserable for 2 days. I have a pretty high tolerance for pain and this was horrible. Someone above said labor wasn't as bad, I hope that's true (if I ever get pregnant). Another said labor is much worse...YIKES!

I know another person who had it and said it barely hurt at all. My reproductive specialist said it just depends on the person for how much pain they experience. Prepare for the worst and hope for the best!!
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replied July 30th, 2009
Response to acc's post
While I am not glad to hear that you (acc) got a fever, I am relieved to hear about it as I had a fever for 2 days and was quite concerned that something might be wrong.

I would agree with your reproductive specialist when he says that the experience will vary from person to person. After all, while we may all be women, we are each remarkably unique.
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