I had an L4-5 fusion in February this year. Had a few ups and downs but recovered by end of July.
In mid August I started getting back pain, sciatica and pins & needles in both feet. I had upright X-rays done on 4th September, neutral and flexed. Ortho looked at l1-2 and l5-s1 but said they didn't cause concern.
Being untrusting of doctors over what happened to me last year, I ordered a copy of my X-rays.
On Tuesday, the pain was getting so bad I went to my GP for mild opiate painkillers to help with the pain.
Today, I picked up the X-rays and looked at l1-2 and l5-s1, observing nothing of concern, concluding the Ortho was right.
Whilst I was adjusting the contrast and taking measurements, I noticed on the neutral image what appears to be a fracture at the rear of the L4 vertebra. This appears to have created a wedge shaped piece of bone that has moved backwards by about 1mm. Looking at the flex image, the wedge appears to move a further 1.5 mm backwards, closing the space in the foramen.
So I phoned my GP with my concerns and she said to get myself to A&E as the wedge may be unstable and therefore dangerous as it could move further and cut or compress things.
I am reluctant to go as my local A&E and I don't get on as they didn't help me when my disc blew this time last year.
The other thing to consider is that they probably would just admit me and then not get me seen by an Ortho until Monday.
So my question is... Would you go to A&E now or wait until Monday.
L5-S1 herniation. Both knee meniscus tear. L4-5 herniation - 2 x nerve block injections. L4-5 discectomy. L1-2 nerve block injection. L4-5 reherniation - TLIF fusion. 2016: L1-2 and L5-S1 retrolistheses and multiple facet joint degeneration.