Okay, I had two surgeons tell me I needed a 3-level fusion, but they wouldn't recommend it, and they wouldn't do it, so they just sent me for a spinal cord stimulator that I didn't want, so I went to see another surgeon. He told me that my spine would not fuse together well naturally, and that he could help me and do the fusion, but first he wanted some X-rays and an MRI of the rest of my spine to be sure it could handle the load. I went back to see him on Tuesday. He brings up the new MRI and X-rays, says he can't find my CT scan (which I had brought with me to the first visit), and then says, "the rest of you spine looks pretty good, so I guess we should do nothing." WHAT??? WTH?? WTF??? 8} Because the rest of my spine is okay, that means the bottom of it isn't suddenly going to fuse into a mess on its own? I don't understand. Then he says, well, if it's really bothering me, he'll fuse the upper two discs, but we probably ought to leave the bottom one (the worst of all of them) alone. I have no idea what the heck to do. I do not want to live in this kind of pain, but I don't want to have surgery with someone who changes his mind about what ought to be done on a whim. I am so confused. I have no idea what is going on.
3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.