I was sortof put out to pasture after my 4 month appointment with my neurosurgeon. He had the basic attitude that he had done all he could, and now whatever happens, happens... Well, I started developing some more severe pain recently (in my tailbone area), so my doctor ordered an MRI.
Take a look at this image:http://img195.imageshack.us/img195/7237/mri1.jpg
...and tell me if YOU see any fusing at L5-S1. Doesn't it also look like the bone tissue above and below the prosthetic disc is inflamed, swolen? It's showing up white on the imaging...
They're sending the images and report back to my neurosurgeon again, and I'm wondering what he's going to say.