Hi! Happy Friday!
Im new here to Spine Health. I have a grade 5 annular tear in my L4 disc. Unfortunately, I have had an MRI and Disogram which when read, the radiologists all said the exams were normal. The tear was found 2 years later by a spine specialist who looked at my MRI and found the HIZ and showed me the tear. It has now been a year that i have been seeing him. We have made progress! After a year of traction, manipulation, breaking down of scar tissue and now trying to rebuild atrophied muscles, I feel like im never going to get better and have to deal with this pain the rest of my life. The hardest part of my day is sitting down at work! I am a medical assistant working in neurology so I do have a medical background understanding the logistics of the diagnosis.
What I am needing to know is from anyone else's experience, does the tear ever repair itself? Im told it can take 12-18 months or more and im at 12 months. Of course I am still active, have stopped seeing the pain doctor for injections (which really did not help with the referred pain for the tear), and am working full time. THANKS!!!