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Old 12-14-2011, 10:26 AM   #1
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When to be concerned

I had a back fusion 18 months ago, and over the summer I've started getting more symptoms that something else is wrong. I've brought it up to my Dr, but it didn't seem to concern him much. Insurance won't pay for an MRI due to the Dr not having much faith that there is a problem.

The pain is nowhere like it was before. It's tolerable. I'm on pain meds and they work well. Before I had my fusion, they didn't do much. So, the pain isn't really an issue. The real issue is that my legs aren't numb, but they are tired feeling. I can still stand (although occasionally, one just doesn't work and I have to catch myself) and walk, it's just they feel really weak and tired. I've also had a couple accidents in the past few months. Once while changing a tire (kind of figured it was from the lifting and stuff), and a couple other times just sitting there. I didn't have to go, it just came out. It only happens maybe once every 2 weeks or so. Dr. chalked it up to the medicine.

I'd like to get it fixed, but how bad does it need to get before I can get help from insurance and an MRI? It's more of a pain in the butt (not literally, thank God!) than a major pain. Yea, it hurts, but it's not anything close to like it was before. So, I'm good with just waiting it out. It's just embarrassing to have to buy protective briefs and have to wear them at 36, but I just don't know when an accident will happen. If it does happen and I'm not wearing one, though, it's 100x more embarrassing.

 
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Re: When to be concerned

At what level is your fusion?

 
Old 12-14-2011, 01:05 PM   #3
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Re: When to be concerned

L4/L5. At the time, the surgeon had said the one above and the one below were deteriorating, but not enough to do anything about...

 
Old 12-21-2011, 04:07 PM   #4
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Re: When to be concerned

I get an MRI next week to look at it. Apparently, sexual performance (none) and higher rates of incontinence seem to mean it's more important. At least something is finally getting done. I just hope and pray this is the last one.

 
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