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5 years an 2 back surgeries later

Hello, i am new too here and was wondering if anyone is going through or has gone through something similar. I am 28. I had my 1st back surgery feb 2016, i was a cna ... i had 2 mri's the 1st one didn't show nothing an i begged for a 2nd an it showed  i had a par fracture and herniated at my L4 - L5 and had a decompression fusion. I was back at the gym an pain free in a month and a half after. 2017 i started getting bad pain again in my lower back an left leg. I did Pt a few times until my doctor decided to do a mri it showed i had Spondylolisthesis i think it was from my L4 to S1 . I ended up having surgery on halloween 2017 fusion an allograft along. Its been over 6 months post op now and  i was pulled from pt because i was in tears. The pain is worse then both surgeries before and after. I can't sleep and sit and stand nor walk long at all. I am even incontinent :( I had a lower back an pevic mri done recently and nothing showed. Now he ordered an EMG . its just frustrating and the big question is what are we missing or what isnt being seen. Maybe because i have alot of hardwear or i dont know. 



  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,359

    hello nicole
    welcome to spine-health

    i am so sorry. there are so many young people that have spinal issues, it's really sad. if something is being missed you need to push your doctor to find it. don't let it go as "nothing shows up". there are different kinds of mri's, even standing, sometimes even an x-ray will show something.
    i know it's frustrating but please don't give up. hang in there and be persistent. 

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  • @memerainbolt

    I didn't know there are different mri's. I am defiantly going to ask for a standing one. Sense i feel pressure standing up and sitting down is worse. But thank you for taking  an commenting. Its appreciated 

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  • An the x rays are showing nothing at all. They never did for me. Even the fracture only showed on the mri...maybe i need contrast 

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