Hi all! This is the first time I've used a chat to dicuss medical problems but I'm at my wits end. All the straight answers one becomes accustomed to dwindle in the light of direct questions.
So for those of us who have gone through hell with our backs I'd like to hear some advice to help out the love of my life.
She recently had an MRI done and the results don't seem too terribly bad when I read all the injuries you guys have gone through. Diagnosed with a focal disc extrusion on the left side at the L-4-L-5 level. There is an extruded disc fragment extending posterior to the upper margin of the left L5 vertebral body and displacement of the descending nerve roots. In the axial plane the dimensions of this extruded material is 7x7mm.
At the L-5,S-1 level there is high T2 signal in the posterior annulus consistent with an annular tear. There is mild focal central disc protrusion.
From all this I've gathered she has potentially herniated the left side of the cartilage between L-4 and L-5 to 7x7mm causing mild nerve root compression.
My question is what are the most common ways to fix these problems? Are we talking surgery or just some non-invasive (exercises)?
Thanks in advance to all who can lend any of their expertise.