due to my well reported walking problems, i saw new ortho yesterday and he ordered a mri. i have had increasing pain and walking problems since my last fusion a year and 1/2 ago. i was subtly forced to go to a conference for a week 2 months after fusion and me thinks this is the crux of my pain, going back to work too early. i was subtly told my job depended on attending eventhough i told the powers to be that i just had back surgery and they did not seem to care. well dr said that i might have stenosis and my disc above my fusion might be blowing out due to stress from old fusion, this is common. i have had 4 back surgeries including hardwqre removal and i need advice. if needed should i have a 5th surgery or just let things sit. my back might not ever get better even if i have surgery or not. i am inclinded to see how bad it is and then make a decision. my mri is next week. of course it it is really really and really bad i think i will go with surgery but if it is just stenosis and a blown disc i might sit it out
has anyone had this problem and i know i have to make my own decisions but a little advice would help. as the old clash song goes, do i stay or do i go? well i do not know
I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.