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Lower Back Pain & Leg Pain

Hey everyone,

We are new to this site but are hoping to find some answers and help to my husband's chronic back and leg pain. He had a fusion at L5-S1 performed in February of 2012 and seemed to be doing a little better post-op. He went back to try to work (self employed construction) in April of 2012 for financial reasons. In no time, his conditions seemed to deteriorate. After continuing to see the surgeon who performed his surgery we received the following MRI report that we are still to this day confused on. The surgeon sent us to Pain Management for Epidural Injections again to no avail. Since then his pain management doctor has prescribed multiple medications and he is still in severe pain, to the point of just wanting his leg removed along with falling on a regular basis. Depression has definently set in. Can someone out there please help us find some answers as to why he is in worse shape now than before and also what his last MRI report even means. We have an appointment tomorrow with Pain Management and I am going to request another MRI and the name of another surgeon as a referral because as of today we still have no clue as to why he is going through this. The report in November stated the following:

November 2012

The L3-4 and L4-5 levels reveal no neural foraminal or canal stenosis. There
is mild facet hypertrophy at L4-5.

The L5-S1 level reveals the metallic susceptibility artifact. There is no
significant canal stenosis identified. The neural foramina are patent. There
is enhancing granulation tissue on the left which encircles the left S1 nerve
root within the lateral recess.

1. Posterior spinal fusion changes at L5-S1 without significant canal stenosis.
There is enhancing granulation tissue encircling the left S1 nerve root
within the lateral recess at this level.
2. Otherwise negative exam.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!


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  • will need to explain the findings on the MRI for you. We are not allowed to dicipher MRI or other medical testing findings since none of us are medical professionals. The findings are only part of the picture, coupled with the physical exam done by the doctor, and your husband's medical complaints give the surgeon a basis for determining what might be causing his problems, and where those problems might lay in relation to his spine.
    We wish you good luck in your search for answers.
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