I've been dealing with this for over 4 years and this is under workers compensation. The pain has come and gone over the years with countless back spasms. I've had at least 6 epidurals, trigger points and countless hours of PT. My primary Dr asked for a second opinion from another Dr; who looked at my MRI, got the history of the problems from me then and then ordered a discogram that was performed. The discogram showed, or I guess what I verbalized when it was being done but have no recollection, the Dr told that can happen, that I have pain on all 3 levels and will not do a fusion.
I never wanted surgery and that's why I held out so long without ever saying I wanted it. I finally came to the conclusion that I NEED it, and when this Dr told me he wouldn't do it, it threw me for a loop. He said from his experience that doing any surgery on 3 levels with the pain that I have; mostly in the back with sometimes down the leg, that it will probably only make the situation worse. I believe him since he turned down easy money since my WC would have probably authorized it if he said it was needed. I'm now really scared of dealing with this pain for the rest of my life with no solution.
If anyone has been in the same situation any information on your experience would help. Thanks