To my back buddies. I just wanted to send the latest report that I just received from my myelogram done on 10/16/08 because of the problems I was having with my bladder and additional back pain after my L5/S1 fusion done this past January. The PA had already called me and told me that there was nothing causing my bladder problems and that I needed to see a Urologist which I have an appt. Dec.23rd.
The CT scan and myelogram report states L4-L5 left foraminal disc protrusion and left foraminal stenosis. L5-S1 bilateral foraminal stenosis. A central canal stenosis or HNP. There is interbody fusion material with solid bony bridging and osteophytic ridging in both foramina.
The lumbar spine x-ray states mild to moderate lower lumbar spine multilevel (L3-S1) facet arthropathy. My previous x-rays before my fusion never stated anything about facet arthropathy.
My question is what does all this mean in layman terms??? I understand some of this but not all. I am having a lot of trouble walking for any amount of time. I get severe back pain in my lower back and in my hips. I asked the PA about the x-ray showing any signs of fusion and she stated that he had not commented on that. Does this report actually state that I have fusion? I have a follow up appt. the middle of December but just wanted to ask my back buddies what they thought about this report and if I am healing okay. I wish I felt better but still having a lot of problems with the kidneys and bladder.
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I ended up doing too much and on my feet for too long so my legs and feet swelled really bad and I have been down all day. Discouraging when you can't do as much as you use to but I know you all understand.