I just wanted to get it straight and would like to know what these terms really mean. My doctor seems to use them both but they seem to have to different meanings, or do they?
1) Is there a difference between a tear and a herniation? These seems to be a difference? Is that true and what is it?
2) What is the difference of the symptoms? It seems that herniation is mostly related to sciatica pain while tears seem to be closely related to inflammation more in the lower back (for me). Is that true?
I ask this as my sciatica has really been put at bay with the epidurals but it seems I am left mostly now with inflammation which the doctor seems to believe is mostly coming from tears that now have pain fibers(??) in them. That is something I really do not understand and would like to better understand it.
I still have the herniation but according to him the size is too small to be generating this much discomfort so it is believed it must be the tears and trying to understand is there a difference?
3) Will a discography be able to tell the difference of which is generating the pain?
Thank you all for reading...