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Treatment options for Disc Tear

MerMMer Posts: 21
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:49 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
Hello,

The doctor suspects I've got a tear in my disc after looking at EMG Nerve conduction test results and my MRI. He's just sent me a letter telling me i can have nerve root/block injections but i've been in pain for half of my life and I'm sick of it intefering now. I'm nearly 33 and am getting married soon. We want to have a family but i can't when i'm on so many pain killers and in so much pain.

I'm trying to get hold of the specialist to find out if there are any other options such as surgery etc. that would be more permanent. I already had a micro discectomy on my lower back when i was 16. This relieved the pain at the time but i've had 2 degenerate discs above and below the one operated on ever since then and my guess is they've been getting worse over the years as i've never really been out of pain.

Does anyone know what my options would be for the disc tear, if anything?
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 10,065
    For starters, take a look at Spine-Healths section on various treatments: Treatment

    That goes into details regarding the various options people with spinal problems have.

    My own personal feeling is that trying all the conservative treatments should be done before looking at surgery as the plan. Of course there are many times where surgery is the only option.

    Talk it over with your doctor, to see if they can provide you with the various options, the Pros/Cons of each of them.

    And as your stated, if your current doctor can not provide you with this type of information, then it may be necessary to see a specialist.

    Also take a look at Spine-Health's articles regarding
    Degenerative Disc Disease. It is probably the most mis-understood of Spinal problems. The word Degenerative and Disease just make it seem much worse than it may be.

    Degenerative Disc Disease
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Thanks Ron, those are useful links to look up.

    Personally, I'm sick of my back always causing pain down my right leg. I don't want more injections that are only going to last a short while and then i'm waiting for months until i'm at the beginning of the waiting list again. (at least that is what its like with the NHS in the UK). I would rather have an operation to sort it out once and for all. Doctors don't like to operate on younger people but my view is that surely it is better to do this for young people because they have their whole life ahead of them still, and in my case i'm at the stage where I would like to have a baby and i certainly can't while i'm still taking lots of pain medication and anti-depressants.I also have a career I'm desperately trying to keep hold of and a mortgage to pay.

    Anyway...who else has similar back problems here and what advice can you give?
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  • I am posting my comments in reguards to the painful experience I've been having for a year. Last year 7/20/2011, I had an MRI that showed a new bulging disk at L4-5. I also have 3 other bulging disks at L2-3, L3-4, L5-S1. OK, so last Friday I had a new MRI 4/20/12. This MRI was done at a different facility. The new findings were a tear in L2-3disc dehydration with annular bulging and central annular tear effacing the thecal sac. L3-4. ddd with space narrowing. annular bulging with central snnular tear effacing the thecal sac. L4-5 ddd withdisc space narrowing. annular bulge with shallow protuding disc effacing the thecal sac. mild narrowing of centralcanal and neural canal. L5-S1 ddd with disc space narrowing, ddd endplatechanges and endplate spurring. some bulging of annulus with central annular tear.
    So, within a year my back has gotten progressively worse. I wonder if I had the 3 tears a year ago, but was not able to be picked up on my MRI. I've read that the MRIs do not always pick up tears. I'm am greatful to have received my recent MRI to explain the increased pain in my back and leg that I have been experiencing in the past year. I hope doctor can do something surgically for me at the point as I've had tried epidurals, chiropractor, PT, aqua therapy, and all have increased the pain.
    Does anyone have a similar situation that they can share with me.
  • I am posting my comments in reguards to the painful experience I've been having for a year. Last year 7/20/2011, I had an MRI that showed a new bulging disk at L4-5. I also have 3 other bulging disks at L2-3, L3-4, L5-S1. OK, so last Friday I had a new MRI 4/20/12. This MRI was done at a different facility. The new findings were a tear in L2-3disc dehydration with annular bulging and central annular tear effacing the thecal sac. L3-4. ddd with space narrowing. annular bulging with central snnular tear effacing the thecal sac. L4-5 ddd withdisc space narrowing. annular bulge with shallow protuding disc effacing the thecal sac. mild narrowing of centralcanal and neural canal. L5-S1 ddd with disc space narrowing, ddd endplatechanges and endplate spurring. some bulging of annulus with central annular tear.
    So, within a year my back has gotten progressively worse. I wonder if I had the 3 tears a year ago, but was not able to be picked up on my MRI. I've read that the MRIs do not always pick up tears. I'm am greatful to have received my recent MRI to explain the increased pain in my back and leg that I have been experiencing in the past year. I hope doctor can do something surgically for me at the point as I've had tried epidurals, chiropractor, PT, aqua therapy, and all have increased the pain.
    Does anyone have a similar situation that they can share with me.
  • I am posting my comments in reguards to the painful experience I've been having for a year. Last year 7/20/2011, I had an MRI that showed a new bulging disk at L4-5. I also have 3 other bulging disks at L2-3, L3-4, L5-S1. OK, so last Friday I had a new MRI 4/20/12. This MRI was done at a different facility. The new findings were a tear in L2-3disc dehydration with annular bulging and central annular tear effacing the thecal sac. L3-4. ddd with space narrowing. annular bulging with central snnular tear effacing the thecal sac. L4-5 ddd withdisc space narrowing. annular bulge with shallow protuding disc effacing the thecal sac. mild narrowing of centralcanal and neural canal. L5-S1 ddd with disc space narrowing, ddd endplatechanges and endplate spurring. some bulging of annulus with central annular tear.
    So, within a year my back has gotten progressively worse. I wonder if I had the 3 tears a year ago, but was not able to be picked up on my MRI. I've read that the MRIs do not always pick up tears. I'm am greatful to have received my recent MRI to explain the increased pain in my back and leg that I have been experiencing in the past year. I hope doctor can do something surgically for me at the point as I've had tried epidurals, chiropractor, PT, aqua therapy, and all have increased the pain.
    Does anyone have a similar situation that they can share with me.
  • If you people have a question or like to share why dont you create your own personal post instead of posting it where another member has posted there question!

    You get a lot more answers from members and you dont take away another members posted question!

    Mer. Ref of tear in the disc, I had a tear and i had total disc replacement with artificial disc, I did not have good results only cause i sustained nerve damage so had fusion 2 years later,

    Depends how bad the tear is, Somerimes it can heal on its own from what i heard but not sure what other surgery there is to save the disc, if disc cant be saved then fusion or artificial disc replacement is the only thing they can do,

    Injecrions can help not only the pain but helps confirm what level the pain is coming from so its also used for testing,
    So i understand you tierd of short term releif from injecrions same as i got tierd of it,
    But it can help to confirm findings before realy considering surgery posibly,

    Best of luck!
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
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