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1. This appears to be no changes from your previous imaging and previous fusion at L4-L5 level.
2. Arthitis (wear and tear) changes and old disc tears and protrusions at both L2-3 and L 3-4 levels, and also the bones at those 2 levels are shifted toward the back, but your spinal cord or the nerves that come out oat this level are not affected or pinched
The thing is, these imaging only show us the anatomy. We can't see what kind of inflammation is going on around the nerve. But good news is there does not appear to be any additional injury. Yes this could still cause you significant pain. Yes it means the tear did not heal, but it is not getting worse either.
Sometimes they do heal, but in your case it did not. Some people have tears and no symptoms, so it is hard to predict what is going to cause a problem sometimes. NOrmally we could do physical therapy, chiropractor or acupuncture. Repeat epidural injection if your specialist things they would help, up to 3 of those. And last respsort repeat surgery.
Yes both level herniated discs.
No the activity actually helps! We used to think bedrest would help with this but there have been many studies done which show that no activity makes it worse. Here is a link to some exercises that you can do:
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