L3-L4 & L4-5

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L3-L4 & L4-5

In October of last year I had a fusion of L4-L5. It has taken a long time to start healing but I think it did what it was supposed to do. But I have had continued pain in my lower back around SI joints and no apparent reason. Lately I have also been experiencing severe leg and foot cramps (like charley horses) I had a CT scan done in Jonesboro where I live and went to my surgeon in Little Rock yesterday. He said the scan showed a large herniation at L3-4 that was not there before the surgery on L4-5. I guess my questions is - has anyone had similar problems? Where is the most severe pain located with a L3-4 herniation - and am I probably going to have this one fused also. I am a paralegal who works 10 hour days and sits over a computer all day and it is beginning to get intolerable. The doc did an MRI yesterday but I will have to wait a day or two for him to call me with the results as to how bad the herniation at L3-4 is. What are my options - anyone similar problem. New to the forum and just need some help. and thanks.

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Joined: 12/30/2008 - 12:07am
Welcome to the board ~

Run a search for "dermatome chart" and you will be able to see what the route the L4 nerve takes.

I'm sorry you are having further problems. It is not that unusual to have problems with adjacent segments of the spine after fusion, but it is more common for it to be at some point in the future. I think it is somewhat surprising that nothing was noticed about that disk prior to your fusion. Perhaps it was just not remarkable enough for the surgeon or radiologist to mention.

Have you obtained a copy of the radiology report from the MRI you had prior to fusion? It might be interesting to compare it to the new one.

Good luck. Hope the disk will be able to heal without requiring surgery.