I can’t have MRI’s, I have a Vagal Nerve Stimulator for depression. CATs are all I can have,
I am going to have my rheumy check my low back next visit.
I know all about bad disc. Most of my neck is fused, thanks to someone playing with their cell phone. C5, C6, and C7 were fused in 2005. C4 and C5 were fused in 2008. C2 and C3 had osteophytes removed in 2012. They have now fused on their own. C6 and C7 were refused in 2013, the bone graph had failed. In 2013, they put in 2 rods, and 8 post (plus the original 2 plates and 15 screws) to make sure nothing ever moved again.
C3 and C4 are the only pair that still move (plus C1). They need to be fused, but my doctor said he just didn’t think it would be the best outcome. So, now I get an an epi in the neck every 4 or 5 months.
I had two major fusion surgeries and prostatectomy for caner in 18 months during 2012 and 2013. Doc said that was probably what turned on the PsA. I am hoping it is not AS.
I think a lot of my back problems now are from no exercise and an extra 50 pounds I am carrying. I must do something about both of those problems.