I havent bee here in a long time but can someone help answere this please? In April 09 I had a herniated L5. I had a discetomey on it with an S-1 Nerve root decompression. After the surgery, I was ok, but the back still sorta bothered me. Anyway, Jan 12,2010 .I fell veryhard and slammed my back on icy steps here at my apt. I was taken to hosp, they took x-rays but didnt find anything. To make a long story :shorter" My ortho finally ordered an MRI, It shows a herniated L-5 impinging on The S1 nerve root.
My question is.....wouldn't that have shown up on the initial x-rays?Could the ER doctor have missed it? Also,when one has the discetomey,isnt that supposed to "fix" the herniation? I believe this traumatic fall caused this herniation but i'm not cedrtain if it was ever really corrected to begin with. However,after the discectomey i did complain to the neuro who did the surgery and he did do another MRI and i recall him saying everything was ok..wouls u all suspect the fall caused this herniation?