In November I had an XLIF L4 5 S1 and was doing well for two months A month ago we had an Ice storm in Utah. I slipped....but my son caught me before I hit the ground but it was a big jolt. Since that time things went down hill. I thought it was just muscle spasms. I finally went to see my doc (who was out of town) so I got to see his nurse prac (who I will never see again)..ended up with a cortizone ? shot and then had to do steroids for a week (7 days of me being bitchy and eating anything in my way jk) Anyway, they decided to do an MRI becuz I have stabbing pains in my back and hip and right leg aches and goes numb. I know your not all docs but tell me what you think of my recent MRI
1. Extensive postoperative changes at L45 and Ll5 S1 associated with epidural scarring srurrounding L5 greater than S1 nerve roots bilaterally. No disc Herniation or stenosis at the operated levels identified. Hardware appears to be approximately positioned.
2. Moderate to marked edema and enhancement is noted in L5 S1 vertebral bodies, posterior and anterior paraspinal soft tissue suggesting possible discitis/osteomyelitis. Mild marginal endplate irregularity is present at L5 S1 without frank cortical bone destruction. Correlation with Westergren sed rate CRP, white blood cell count and differential would be recommended.
3. Moderate to marked denervation atrophy of posterior paraspinal muscles.
4. Mild degenerative changes at other levels of the lubosacral spine without focal disc pathology or neural compromise or stenosis.
Anyone think they would go back in and remove some scar tissue and has anyone experienced discitis/osteomyelitis?