I have had a ongoing herniated disk issue at L5 (I think), second from the bottom, for 12 years and recently was injured at work which caused a re-herniation and a cervical disk injury.
I had to have surgery (plate and screws) in my neck and while recuperating, the lumbar disk tore from too much twisting while recuperating. It released loads of chemical into my lower back which pushed my spine away and made my back crooked, they call it ( Temporary Painful Scoliosis).
Anyways, After 5 months, most of the extreme pain is gone, I can't twist at all and have to be extremely careful not to pull or push my body or lift over 20 LBS.
Has anyone been through the annular tear issue? How long can I expect it to take to be somewhere normal where I can do moderate activities again. My spine specialist advised it could be another year and I already know it won't heal. He also said it will dry up and is working on a sealant for annualr tears for FDA approval later on.
Thanks for any feedback......