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New member here, but my torn disc isn't- advice/feeback, please

CheleCChele Posts: 4
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:47 AM in Lower Back Pain
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!!!


  • I had three torn discs, and had a two level PLIF, in Dec of 2008. I recently had a new discogram, because the pain never went away. The discogram showed that the tear did heal. BUT, it was a minor one, and my Spine Clinic Ortho told me that the large ones never heal. Grade 5 is the worse right? If so, I suggest you go to a Spine Clinic and see about having it fused or disc replaced. PM me if you want to chat about it, Good Luck
  • I was also told the large ones do not heal I have had them for 6 years, my pain dr said that the disc have no nerves in them that the nerves grow in them due to the tear?? has anyones else been told this. Also he said there is a way to go in and like burn them so the nerves can not grow in them????anyonbe else know about this
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