Yesterday I had a discogram at L3 and L2 seeking the source of my continuing pain after a fusion in Jan 11 (TLIF L4-S1). My surgeon is convinced I have a failed fusion, but none of the images reveal it. This test was conducted to rule out some sources. As any discogram is (I suppose) it was painful. I stopped counting the number of sticks after 20. The doctor said that I had scar tissue which was bending his needles and that was the reason for so many sticks.
The test revealed that those two discs are normal. So today I was wondering if perhaps scar tissue could be the culprit in my persistent radicular pain and slow but steady reduction in physical mobility?
I do not want to undergo "exploratory" surgery, but I am running out of choices.
Anyone with a similar experience or some theories? I want to offer my surgeon something to ponder.