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Old 01-08-2013, 01:15 PM   #1
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MRI scheduled, another fusion in my future.

I had fusions in Feb and June of last year. In total I am fused L3 through L5. I have a MRI scheduled for Friday and NS surgeon appointment next week. I already know that L5-S1 is herniated, they rescanning it to see how much worse it has become. Since my last MRI I have developed severe sciatica, numbness, and weakness in my right leg. I am to the point where I cannot drive anymore. I do have some concerns though. How much more range of motion am I going to lose if I have L5-S1 fused? Will I eventually develop SI joint problems after adding L5-S1? I have of heard of people having SI problems after a L5-S1 fusion.

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Re: MRI scheduled, another fusion in my future.

Most people don't notice any difference because L5 attaches to the sacrum which is fused to begin with. L4-L5 is the segment that carries the majority of spine movement and that is the one you notice the most...but adding on L5-S1 shouldn't make any difference in that regard.

The SI joints can be more of a problem...but is usually one that can be overcome. I had some problems for about 9 months post fusion but with careful PT, the body learns the new limitations and can make an adjustment. I think where people get into trouble is they enter into PT too early, get worked too much too soon and end up with an irritated sciatic nerve, etc.

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