In August of 07 I hurt my back at work by moving a stuck pallet. L4-L5 and L5-S1 are ruptured and there are a few that are bulging above those. I went to a surgeon who said I needed a two level fusion. After that, I went to another that thought he could do a lumbar laminectomy and micro discectomy on one disc and nothing to the others. I had that surgery on L5-S1 in July of 08. I slowly got better for a few months until around this past November when I started having severe pain. It's now to the point where I'm in severe pain most of the time and am in some type of pain all the time. The pain is worse now than it's ever been. I'm going to get an MRI tomorrow morning to see what's going on. My doctor thinks it's one of three things. 1. Scar tissue. 2. L5-S1 is ruptured again and needs to be re-operated. 3. L4-L5 is worse and needs to be operated on.
He said the worst would be scar tissue since there's nothing really that can be done about it. I just wanted to get anyones thoughts. Can a second surgery just like the first be done on the second? Can the same surgery be redone one the same disc? Might I need a fusion now? Would a disc replacement come in to play? So many questions. I will also ask my doctor's opinion but sometimes doctors prefer one thing and try to get everyone to do just that. I don't think mine is like that but I still want opinions.