Went to see my surgeon today. Ive already had a C5/6 disc replacement and that all went well around 6 months ago. Ive also had a bad back for over 1 year. An MRI showed a herniated disc at L5/S1 and 4 other as desiccated. A few weeks ago I had nerve root blocks, they did not work. Now yesterday I saw a nice surgeon and he said from his view I needed a fusion as either plif or alif. He called my actual surgeon in. He was so rude, he said there was no way the root block would not work, I said they made me worse and actually paralised my leg for 18 hrs, also it gave me bad cramps and pain. He then said to the other surgeon he could not tell where the pain was coming from and it was important that he knew if it was leg or back. I said it is back but when the back is bad it goes into the leg as nerve pain and also cramp etc and I could not walk that far. In a nut shell they need to know where is from. He stropped out the room to his next patient and I heard him say well this is the worst back ive seen today, intimating my issue was little! Nice…. Anyway the nice surgeon said he thought it was an issue and the herniated disc was a problem but may not be the root cause. So they are now going to do a Discogram to find the root cause of the problem. They said if I get really bad pain then it confirms that I will need ALIF or PLIF.
Getting really tired of all the injections and going in circles with this but understand why they have to. Can anyone explain the significance of the discogram, and when it produces huge pain why that would mean surgery (alif/plif) is needed. And if no pain happens what that means? Either way I still have a herniated disc so just confused as to what the 2 different results from having no pain and having pain from the discogram mean?