So, I saw my NS yesterday. He wants me to go have a discogram. Ouch! I don't look forward to that at all. I told him I already know what will happen, it will hurt.
Anyway, the reason he wants me to go is because he wants to find out if I am a candidate for disc replacement at L4-5
He says that I definately need fusion for L5-S1 and that he wants to see if L4-5 can be replaced because it does have an annular tear and some damage. He also wants to check out L3-4 because there is some damage there.
Anyway, after the discogram I will be in line for either a one level fusion and replacement at L4-5
A two level fusion (L5-S1 and L4-5) and possible additional treatment (of what sort I know not) of L3-4
To be honest I am more nervous about having the discogram than I am about the surgery itself!