Hi White Beard,
Will try again for about the 5th time to see how this post does. It started spreading out across the screen so I deleted it many times already.
It will be interesting to see how the appt goes with the neuro. I am half way betting on a surgery being an option. A redo of the fusion maybe a partial if that is possible. I say this based on the findings of the MRI and your symptoms, seen it done before with success. Sometimes when they get in there they find more than what showed up on the MRI, they can go in and clean things up. Alot of wear and tear on a fusion as old as yours to say the least.
I know Frances talked about the RF and she has been so fortunate to have done very well with it. I had both neck & back done. The neck was really good, but not the lumbar. And these are temporary and pretty much just putting a bandade on the problem. I don't know on that one.
I sure hope the home sells soon for your sake. But, its also not a sellers market with the economy being in the toilet. But we can always hope thats still free. I have been looking around in the area I live in and see so many homes for sale and many that have been walked off and left empty and its disturbing. My son built in an area thats 3-4 yrs old and I am seeing alot of the same over there and its just plain scarey. I have a lady across the street intending on putting her house on the market next month. Her husband is in Iraq and will be home in Oct. but his job is in Kansas. She is thinking she is going to sell in a week or two-little does she know. She should have sold two years ago when he took the job in Kansas, the market was much better. I asked her if she had watched the news or read the paper, we have more empty homes foreclosed on ever, we have set a record not to mention builders going under. My next door neighbor's husband just got a good offer for work in Tenn. and they are going to lease their home out for one year and then will look at how the market is going and make a decision. We are close to having our pad paid for thank goodness.
Take care and will be hoping for a good outcome with the dr.
PA: Harrington rods are used alot for people including young people with severe scoliosis, they can make their spines straight. I have not seen those rods used for regular back surgery since the 70's. Know of a 16 yr old girl that had the rods put in-she had a wicked severe curve I forget what the degree of it was-she was so proud after surgery and her pain level was nearly diminished.