Hi Everyone - I am new here but unfortunately not to back pain. Always had a back back, but ruptured my disc at L5/S1 in 2000 and had a successful microdiscectomy. I have never been back to previous activities that were back unfriendly, like golf or running, but able to lead a decent existence.
I have had a couple of disc herniations over the years, but they always recovered after a few weeks. I have one now that isn't getting better, with classic sciatica, pain down one side from the butt down to the ankle, numbness in my big toe and pad of my foot, classic nerve root impingement.
Just got back the MRI. The bit that matters - "L5-S1 right paracentral disc extrusion, which has markedly enlarged compared to the prior examination and obliterates the right lateral recess in the expected location of the right S1 nerve root."
Anyone ever have such a clear MRI read, numbness and pain that is pretty intense, and end up not having surgery?
And since it is the level where I have already had surgery and lost disc before - any thoughts on another discectomy vs. more modern replacement surgeries?
What I really want is to be out of pain, and I am doing lots of PT, acupuncture, you name it. But it sure look like surgery again after this MRI...
Thanks in advance for any advice you might have!