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Pain doesn't match tests




    I might have missed it, but have you had a discogram?

    My NS was going to fix L4/5 because it looked the worst on the MRI.

    We did the discogram and found out that L5/S1 was the main pain generator and I would have had virtually NO relief if we'd only fixed the one disc.

    It saved me from another surgery and another year of pain and thinking that I must be nuts to still have pain after having the whole fusion done!

  • I haven't had a discogram yet. I'm waiting to hear back from the surgeons office to see where to go from here. I'm sure that my pain is way worse and does not go along with a L3-4 problem only. Hopefully I'll get some answers in the next few days. It is possible that I injured something else as I fell about a month ago getting out of the shower. I could have done something then. This was after the MRI but before the myelogram.
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  • I may be a little late chiming in here but I have similar symptoms to you w/pain indicative of problems in both of the lower lumbar discs. My surgeon thinks there is a conjoined nerve root and that my protrusion at L4-L5 is also affecting the S1 nerve. He said that while this may be a "common" problem I would never have known if the herniation was not pushing directly on it. Obviously, I have no idea what your specific problems are but I just wanted to let you know that there are other possibilities for the pain. Good luck and I hope your doctor gets to the bottom of it!
  • There may be something that is avalible for scar tissue that is compressing a nerve. It is a type of injection that is done by PM designed to break up scar tissue. I have BC/BS POS but in June '09 when we were looking into it , my insurance considered it experimental, thus wouldn't cover it. We considered paying independently for it and it was around $200.00, however, it was shortly thereafter that my MRI's revealed scar tissue wasn't my issue. Best of luck!
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