My name is Steve, I'm 30 years old. I'm active duty Air Force stationed in Minot, ND. I had a lumbar fusion in march of 2004. Originally I had 2 rods and 8 screws installed. In march of 2006 the hardware was removed. My doctors at the time decided this was needed. I have mixed feelings on the subject but none the less its done so thats not an issue.
For the last 2 months I have had on/off sciatic pain. I researched a bit and had settled on piriformis syndrome. Never once did I suspect another back issue. I have had no new back pain in quite some time. Finally something gave way and I had to seek immediate medical attention and I was informed that I had a ruptured disc on my L5/S1. Its bulging 15mm and causing L5/S1 nerve root impingements and sacral nerve root inpingements as well. My left side from the upper hip down to my foot is numb (pins/needles) and severe pain all the way down especially at the upper calf.
I see the neurosurgeon next thursday to discuss treatment. Anyone have any guesses what they might recommend with the prior multi-level fusion? Thanks in advance.