Hi everyone... I'm new here and I'm hoping I can get some valuable information from you guys... Earlier this year my husband hurt his back and i'm gonna write down what the dr's notes say, it's kinda hard for me to understand but maybe some of you know... It says... He shows a small central herniation at 4-5 which is the probable cause of his pain. In addition to this, he has degenerative changes at multiple level discs. He has a very small central bulge at 5-1, with darkening of the remaining three lumbar discs above this. The MRI scan shows a right-sided paracentral herniation at L1-2 but nothing further down that was specifically right-sided.
Ok, they ended up doing a discogram but could not pin point which one was actually the one giving him the pain cuz several hurt while they were doing the procedure. They went in and did a discectomy (i think that's what it's called) but that did no good. They had told him going in that it was not a for sure thing due to them not knowing exactly what disc was hurting him. The X-rays, AP and lateral lumbar films show significant bone spurring at several levels in his lumbar area, worse at the 3-4 level. Ok so now they are wanting to do a fusion. The dr said that they could start at one but since the one above it was on the verge of rupturing and once you fuse then it puts pressure on the one above it so therefore, eventually he will have to have the other one fused so he was thinking why not do both at the same time if it's gonna eventually (about a year later) need to be fused again (the one above). but now that surgery is suppose to be next month he is getting a little nervous. We have not had a second opion as of yet (trying to decide if we need to) We live in Mississippi and it just makes me wonder if there are different alternatives these days. The dr he is going to is suppose to be one of the best in the states but everytime we go to see him, we ask him what would he do if he was in this situation and he says he doesn't know. So i'm wondering if his back is so messed up that he really doesn't know the best option or what. I just know that my husband hurts CONSTANTLY.. he says it feels like the bones are just grinding together. I just know that medicine has come such a long way now days so I'm tring to get as much information as I can before he has this surgery. You hear some people going thru the surgery fine and so glad that they did but then you hear some say they are worse off than before. Has anyone had anything familiar to this problem? has anyone had 2 fusions? if so, what was the outcome... thanks so much, yall!!