I need someone to help me understand what I am about to go through, please! I consider myself with good intellect, yet I just can't seem to understand what will happen next.
I injured my back at work 7 months ago. I have tried the conservative method...PT, Chiro, Cortisone-Epidural injections and nothing helped. I also had 2 CT-Mylograms done which showed nothing but a bulge.
I decided to seek a second opinion and when I met with surgeon, I retold the tale of my injury and treatment thus far. He looked at the recent MRI and concluded that the last discography done, as read in the file, was done in the wrong disc.
He showed me the MRI and pointed to the disc(L5-Sc1) which clearly shows that all nucleus has leaked from within. There is nothing but an empty shell.
He scheduled a new discography for said disc, and briefly we talked about the possibility of that disc having to be replaced and or removed. (I can't recall which word he used) Possible fusion also.
I am 39, a few pounds chunky but otherwise in fairly good shape. My job was physically demanding, which I performed for 18 years until the day of the injury-Sep/5/11.
Can someone please help me. I know my description written above is somewhat generic but that is pretty much the synopsis at this moment.