This is @sutherlin, so frustrated. Have had a CT scan back in March of 2016 that showed I have significant degenerative disc disease (DDD) in L2-L3 and moderate DDD in L4-L5. My harrington rod from scoliosis surgery in 1977 ends at the L1. I just had a SPECT CT scan and they said the facet joints didn’t look inflammed but the two spots I mentioned were, so they insisted I get an MRI and I was told that the rod does cause some distortion but I made it thru the MRI and was told by the tech that they weren’t optimal but would do. So the PA from the pain center I’ve been going to calls and tells me that because of the rod ending L1 that they couldn’t see what is going on in the L2-L3 but there is some compression of the nerve in L4-L5, really, like the MRI did no good and I fought not having it because of the distortion and the fact I’m claustraphobic but made it thru without drugs. There is nothing wrong with the discs in the fusion of the rod, but they keep pushing me off about the pain, like I’m imagining it or something. I’m like everyone else with DDD, had the shots, physical therapy, chiropractic, nothing works, so now they are sending me to the neurosurgeon and I’m hoping that this gentleman can assess and do something to relieve my pain. There are other options and I know it’s surgery but let’s do something. I’m even going to suggest if he seems to be hesitant to contact a neurosurgeon at the Mayo Clinic where my surgery was performed to see if maybe they can’t brainstorm.