Hi everyone, I'm Tim, I've been dealing with back pain for 10 years after fracturing my L5 vertebrae. Over the years the pain and discomfort has gotten worse. I've done therapy, all kinds of injections with no relief. Recent MRI shows herniated disc at L4, L5 and pushing on the nerve. I have pain radiating to left side and tingling down left leg and into my foot. Saw an ortho back surgeon, and he ordered. A discogram so he could determine for sure what to fuse.
Had the discogram done 3 days ago. I had pain at L4 and L5, which was expected. But on the "normal" disc, the "control" disc which I believe was L3, they said I had a lot of pain also.
So speaking with the surgeon yesterday, he said according to the MRI, there should not have been any pain. But if he goes by the discogram, I need a 3 level fusion at L3, L4, L5. I'm a firefighter, 43 yrs. old. He said he wouldn't do a 3 level because I wouldn't be able to work as a firefighter any more. If he goes by the MRI, he should do a 2 level fusion at L4, L5. But with the discogram causing pain at L3, he said no guarantee the 2 level would help.
So, he said its up to me if I want to do the 2 level and hope it helps.
Is it possible the discogram wasn't 100% accurate? The Dr. said its possible it caused pain at L3 because of referred pain from the disc above. He said he'd hate to do surgery and it not help if L3 is causing a lot of the pain too.
I'm at the point I need something done, it's been going for too long, getting worse, I'm finding it harder to do my day to day things because of the pain. What do you guys think of all this? I'd appreciate any advice and anyone who's had experience with a discogram.