Talk to this new physiatrist that is coming to see you. You might be surprised , and he/she may be more willing to order that CT scan to check the status of the fusion. Mine was far more helpful when my fusion didn't take than the surgeon, or any other doctor that I had seen. I was right too, the fusion hadn't taken, and two screws were bent and broken and working their way back out of the vertebrae. Don't take no for an answer.
Simply tell the physiatrist that you feel something is wrong with the hardware and that you need the CT scan to rule it in or out, and that way you both know exactly what is causing the problem. You have the right to request the medical testing. If you don't get a satisfactory answer, call for the patient advocate.
Take care hon,
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.
Avascular necrosis of left wrist- maybe hips too