i had a 2 level fusion on 8/15/2011. i have had worse pain ever since. i stay in doctors office no stop since that time bc of horrible pain. i was diagnosed with si joint dysfucntion bc xrays clearly show the left si joint is too wide. my ortho reported "definite si joint dysfunction with widdening of the left si joint" and been having to deal with that chronic pain as well as the lumbar pain.
i had a new ct monday after last months xrays from ortho and ct from april clearly showed no fusion at 1 maybe both levels.
here is the new report and i dont know what to think...
"postoperative changes from anterior interbody fusion across l4-s1 levels. the disc spaces and bony grafts remain discrete at both levels. correlation with the timing of the surgery and current symptoms needed to determine weather or not this represents a failed fusion. there is no arthropathy or reactive bony changes within the end plates to suggest this."
i understand that the last sentence says no arthritis and no bone issues but what does bony graft remain discretes mean? i clearly had no bone fusions at l4/l5 and almost none at l5/si so is this saying i do? it doesnt make sense to me. especially the amount of pain i have in that area after the fusion that i didnt have before.
anyone help me understand?
ps - the top part says disc spaces and endplates remain relatively discrete with no advanced bony fusion.