I had a L5-S1 fusion back in 2004. The reason for the fusion was a torn bulging disk with extreme pain. I had an MRI May 2007 and my neurosurgeon, who did my fusion, said it was completely normal. I had mild pain at this time. I had another MRI done about 2 wks ago and again returned to my neurosurgeon. I was seeing a pain mngmt doc and I never seemed to get anything out of them except for meds. No straight answers or tests to figure out my once again extreme low back pain. With comparing last yrs MRI to this yrs, the L4 vertibrae was completely, almost a glowing white on this yrs MRI. Last years it was the normal gray-black color. Both of these MRI's were done identically. Some with contrast and some without. At first my neuro thought that maybe some of my hardware was loose so we did an X Ray. Well that is not the case. He now feels that I might have a bone tumor. I went in for a blood test on 8/8/08 and of course am still waiting for the results. Has anyone else had a bone tumor or known someone with a bone tumor?
My symptoms are: Low back pain, right and left hip pain, right leg pain down to the ankle(this comes and goes)also tingling in my right leg. When I lay down the pain is worse in my back and if I am laying on my side that hip I am laying on hurts worse. Over the corse of the last year the pain has intesified, especially over the last 3 months. My legs seem weeker also.
I have NO nerve damage that he could see at all with the MRI. I am only 32 and the pain is so bad that I cannot do my daily functions normally. I cant even load the dishwasher without being in so much pain that I can't stand up straight. Anyone with any thoughts would be appreciated. Thank you in advance!