Did you have surgery. I have had 2 lumbar fusions. Mine have been L3-4 and L4-5. I would do it again tomorrow. Both were successful (only thing I would do differently is pick a better hospital-I hated the one I had my 2nd done at) Anyway if you had surgery let us know and if you are still considering it and have more questions ask!View Thread
First I am in no way qualified to even offer any advice but to say Xrays do not alway show things. CT scans and MRI's are much better. I also know first hand that you can get a test CT, MRI of one area and it can show something in another area even if not clearly. My husband was in the military and I found it impossible to get good medical care from time to time. Other times I had the best doctors one could ever ask for. Do not let up. You can request medical things from the surgeon general (think that is the correct person). Are you at a base that has specialists, if not I would be getting in touch with the surgeon general and being assertive in asking for his/her help.
I had doctors telling me my back pain was all in my head. Fianlly got a doctor to listen to me. Told him it was in my low back but I was dying of headaches so he started sending me downtown (out of the area) for MRI's beginning with my brain, then they did my neck and fianlayy my low back. Had a really bad herniated disk, didn't even know how I was walking. They gave me an immediate referral to a local orthopedic and my military doc (love him) even spoke to the surgeon. But they actually sent me to a psychiatrist before I came across this military doc and I am glad they did as the doctor (psychiatrist) found I had a low thyroid and a severly low B12 level).
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