I have an 8mm herniated disc (L5-S1). One chiropractor tells me that my low back pain is caused by annulus tears in my herniated disc. Another one told me it was my sacroiliac joint. I had a shot in both without success and my back hurts all of the time.
Advil only works a little bit to help the pain before I play golf.
What can one do to deal with pain from annulus tears? I believe my first chiropractor is correct and that the low back pain comes from tears in the disc itself.
I'm not having disc replacement surgery and/or spinal fusion until I can't get out of bed and crippled with pain. My pain level is about a 2.5-5 (depending upon activity) out of 10. My pain has lasted for over a year and I'm still in relatively good shape (thus, I'm not a big advocate of physical therapy - I can throw a medicine ball over the Empire State Building with my core strength (just kidding, a little)). I have no sciatica.