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Be skeptical of MRI results...
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(03-27-2013, 06:50 PM)Cycler Wrote: Of importance is the timing of the second MRI. Re-herniation soon after surgery is a known complication as is post-operative infection. Poor or worsening post-operative course will generally result in repeat MRI without contrast dye. If the problem develops some months after surgery then the contrast dye ( Gadolineum ) is necessary to evaluate for presence of fibrosis, called scar tissue, which may be involving a nerve.

The third MRI was done with contrast as you mention the fibrosis. There is no reliable treatment although some Pain specialists will attempt to free up the nerve by poking at it with via spinal arthroscopy.

Your husband might want to consider a consult at a University affiliated Spine Center
Thank you for your post, I really appreciated! His surgueon is recommending a fusion that would be 3 back surgeries in less than a year! The first two had much lower failure rates. I don't think it a good idea.
 
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Whatever, I had to skip to the end, after all I'd been through, My first question to my doc was " But do you think that is my pain generator?" That's the only ? I wanted answered. He said ofcourse. Thank god he hit the worst of it!

(12-11-2008, 08:07 PM)bronco54501 Wrote: 1171 Very interesting reading.

The answer you seek is " Pain Generator"

(04-05-2013, 08:53 AM)wwdoitover Wrote:
(03-27-2013, 06:50 PM)Cycler Wrote: Of importance is the timing of the second MRI. Re-herniation soon after surgery is a known complication as is post-operative infection. Poor or worsening post-operative course will generally result in repeat MRI without contrast dye. If the problem develops some months after surgery then the contrast dye ( Gadolineum ) is necessary to evaluate for presence of fibrosis, called scar tissue, which may be involving a nerve.

The third MRI was done with contrast as you mention the fibrosis. There is no reliable treatment although some Pain specialists will attempt to free up the nerve by poking at it with via spinal arthroscopy.

Your husband might want to consider a consult at a University affiliated Spine Center
Thank you for your post, I really appreciated! His surgueon is recommending a fusion that would be 3 back surgeries in less than a year! The first two had much lower failure rates. I don't think it a good idea.
My god , I hope you are not speaking of three fusions in a year!, You will never know you husband again!

May my personal experience help others. No question is stupid.
 
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Milo, I'm confused...
The answer you seek is " Pain Generator", why would I seek this.....?
 
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