It's been awhile since I posted. I had an L4-5 fusion in March and just had my ACL repaired in July. I'm really struggling with the back pain. It's different than it was before the fusion and lower. My post fusion MRI shows that the fusion looks great but the L5-S1 level is not looking so hot. My surgeon considered fusing that last spring but opted to do a one level. He wanted to do as little as possible because of my age (early 30's). He hoped the L5-S1 would be okay for some time to come.
Now tomorrow I am having a discogram. If it is positive then we seriously talk fusing the L5-S1. I don't know why I am so nervous about this test tomorrow. I've had three back surgeries, knee surgery, my nose repaired after breaking it and my appendix removed all in less than two years. What can I expect during the discogram? I'll be sedated for part of it. Does the pain linger after, or does it got back to the baseline pain pretty quick?