I am a 23 y/o (otherwise) healthy female. When I was 17 I was diagnosed with Spinal Stenosis and Disk Degeneration with a Herniated Disk at L4-L5. At age 20 after years of PT I went to the ER for terrible back pain and leg numbness. 5 days later I had an emergency fusion at L4-L5 for I was at risk of losing function of my bowel and right leg feeling. Now, nearly 3 years later I've had all the same symptoms since 7 months post-op. Not a day has passed that I wasn't in pain. Doctors chocked it up to weight gain or working too much. 3 days before Thanksgiving 2015 I went to the ER again for the same problem. X-ray showed nothing.
MRI with and without contrast stated :
L3L4: demonstrates mild facet arthropathy, no stenosis, no herniation
L4L5: demonstrates a moderate-sized right paracentral disc protrusion resulting in severe central stenosis. No foraminal stenosis. Facet arthropathy noted. There is right L5 lateral recess stenosis.
L5S1: demonstrates posterior decompression. No central stenosis. Right mild foraminal stenosis but not on the left. Facet arthropathy.
The disc herniation has increased in size in compared to the the prior MRI of 2013 with L4L5 central stenosis and right L5 lateral recess stenosis
I was referred to a Orthopedic Neurosurgeon and on 12/16/2015 I had a (TERRIBLE) Myelogram. (by terrible, I mean terrible. They didn't numb the injection site, just stuck the needle into my spine. I lost complete feeling to both my legs and my lower back ached like I had just been hit by a baseball bat, and the following day was the same. No headaches though.) My doctor called today with the results and stated I have only herniation at L4L5 and will preform a Nerve Block next week. He stated I had no other issues. So I'm at a loss here. Confused. Either the MRI is wrong or the Myelogram is wrong. Can anybody help me here? I don't want to go through unnecessary treatments to only end up having another surgery. If I need it, I would prefer to go ahead and get it over with versus 5 years from now when I'm older. Is there anyone here that can give me some more insight on what to do? What questions to ask when I see the doc next week? Was the Myelogram not done properly? Or the MRI? I don't understand. I've done more research than I'd like to admit but I'm still at a loss. Did the first fusion not do what it was supposed to do since, according to the MRI, has increased in size? I want to go a day where I'm not in pain. Thank you for your time...