Re: Nerve pain?
an MRI might not be a bad idea considering what you are feeling right now.one big question for ya tho,are you certain that you have actually even fused?this can be very hard to tell with some areas.my ct actually stated i was actually fused,my MRI had recomended the ct as it couldn't tell for sure.my symptoms told me i wasn't but my NSs nurse(whole other nightmare story there)insisted everything was just ducky.well after annoying the heck out of her for about nine months she sent me for an extension and flexion x ray that proved without a doubt that i was NOT actually even fused,despite what that ct stated about it.a flex and ext x ray is a pretty good way of telling.it actually proves much better and easier in the c spine area but can tell lower down if it is in the lumbar.the types of symptoms you are having could be from non fusion or another problem but it is most assuredly stemming from nerve involvement somewhere.an MRI with contrast may be your best bet to start,having an EMG wouldn't hurt either.this would just show whether or not there is something actually compressing or heavily affecting a nerve along the way.it would not actually show intermittant compression or inflammation or irritation of a nerve by something,but would show if it is being compressed in some way by how the actual nerve flow is.but i really do think that MRI for you right now would be a really good idea.it may not require another surgey,but at least you may find out what the actual issue is and for most of us who are left wondering,thats kind of a big deal in and of itself ya know?this is just what i would do if i were in your current situation.good luck and please let me know what you find out,K?marcia
11-20-01,placement of hardware for failed fusion
9-22-03,removal of cavernous hemangioma that was inside spinal cord. Neuro damage to L hand L leg and R leg.