Hi all,

Here is some background info:

Hurt my back playing rugby in December 2015, kept playing but then stopped in April. Laminectomy in August of 2016, Revision Laminectomy in October of 2016, and Fusion with screws and rods done in February 2017, all on L4-L5 disc. I am about 7 weeks post-op of the fusion, and in so much pain. After the surgery, I had the normal post-op pain and a little bit of leg pain but not too bad. Then, in the last few weeks, my pain has increased a ton. In my back, and down both my legs. I have been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease and arthritis. I received an MRI last week and here are the results:

T7-T8: central bulge

T12-L1: right para-central protrusion with possible small extruded fragment behind T12

L4-L5: residual central protrusion, similar to prior examination, done in February in the hospital the day after my fusion surgery (prior examination: moderate right nerual foramina stenosis due to the presence of a right formania disc protrusion. There is mild left neural foramina stenosis. There is a broad central disc protrusion as well. There is mild left lateral recess stenosis).

L5-S1: small central protrusion

Based on this, does that mean the fusion has failed? I really feel that something is wrong and I am in more pain than I ever have been in my life. What could be my next step? Thanks for reading.

Jade