Hi, all! I am a 31 yo homeschooling mommy of 3 boys. Haven't been on here for a bit due to my mental status (very frustrated and depressed). I am still trying to heal from a L3-L5 fusion with all the bells and whistles that i had on 1/7/2009. Well, on 4/9/09, I had an MRI and it was quite honestly the most painful test I have evr had and I have had alot of tests. I have been through many painless MRIs, I've had EMG's, discograms, everything. My MRI in April was horrid. It felt like all the nerves in my legs were being ripped out of my body. My surgeon says he has never heard of this and my online research has lead me only to 'Bioeffects of Gradient Magnetic Fields'. I really want to know if anyone else has experienced such a sensation or has any insite. From what I can tell this may be something that happens to onlt 2.6% of people, but I also have Grave's Disease which affects only 2% of people so maybe I'm just really 'lucky'. Also now the surgeon is saying my left thigh pain may be from my T12/L1 protrution!, can others review the following and give me their personal thoughts (I know we are not doctors):
There has been interval posterior fusion at the L3 through L5 vertebral body levels and fusion across the L3/4 intervertebral disc. No recurrent disc protrusions are noted at these levels. No nerve or nerve root impingment is appreciated at the fused levels.
At the T12/L1 intervertebral disc, a left paracentral disc protrusion indents the thecal sac but does not result in definite nerve or nerve root impingment.
Okay, so doesn't sound so bad, but I'm still in moderate to severe pain and everytime i go to the surgeon I leave in tears because I get so frustrated. I'm in therapy 2 land 1 water every week, seeing a shrink and a counseler. I wanted to wait for the 6-8 month mark to seek a second opinion but now I don't know. I do know i don't want another surgery. well, darn this is long and if you've made it through, thank you, thank you, thank you! I wish everyone sleep!!!!