I'm so sorry that you are having so much trouble.
It seems to me that you are getting too many different stories from these doctors.
Maybe you can discuss having a discogram with your new doctor, it seems like they can't seem to pinpoint exactly what is going on in your back.
The discogram picks up so much more then MRI's and Cat Scans alone do. (It's not the most pleasant thing to go through, but I was glad to have it done, and would do it again if I needed answers)
I'm not a doctor, but I can say that I personally think the discogram is the very best diagnostic test available, especially when you need to finally find out what is causing your pain.
It's only a suggestion, but I wanted to let you know about it.
Good luck today http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/t_up.gif
and please keep us posted.
Two level laminectomy fusion L5-S1 & L2-3 done on 12/6/02.
Fifteen inch scar from the very top of butt crack (sorry), to the bra line.
BAK cages, rods & screws.(Titanium)
My pelvic bone was used for grafting.
Praying that the other two discs in between, won't have to be fused later, as I was told it was a possibility, due to the other two discs in between, not being in that great of shape.
Doc didn't want to fuse four levels, unless it is really necessary.
I would hate to repeat the surgery, as the recovery period, is so very painful.
I also have a free fragment in my T11-12 area, that I'm still refusing surgery for, at this point in time.
That surgery is way too dangerous for me to consider, until if affects my being able to walk.