R more MRI's okay, after fusion w/rods & screws
I'm new to this web site but I've reading a LOT of SCI posts where people say they are having another MRI because of pain after they've had spinal fusion with instrumentation (rod & screws inserted). I've been told by Doctors that I can never have another MRI as it would cause me pain (lots?) and that it would / could pull the screws & or rod out, loosen, or other painful things. I'm told only to get a CT scan now.
Is this true? If true, is there any other examine / test that can reveal spine problems better than a CT scan? I had spinal fusion (L4, L5 & S1) in 2009 with cage, rod & screws inserted and still have herniated L3 disc (Dr said to leave it alone), sciatic pain in legs and lower back pain.