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annular tears

taylor09ttaylor09 Posts: 3
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:02 AM in Chronic Pain
I have had chronic back pain for 5 years. I was diagnosed with 2 annular tears in my lumbar region. It feels like I have a wound that never healed and it constantly aches. It feels like it is hitting a nerve as sometimes my leg goes numb. I can actually take my finger and pin point my pain and it has always been in the same spot. I was told surgery was not an option and have been to mutiple doctors. I have been on pain management for 5 years because of this and am tired of being on medication. I wanted to see if anyone has any similar issues and any solutions. I am 37 years old with a 3 year old and I am afraid I will not be around for her with the meds I am on..I would appreciate any insight on this.

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  • Sadly there is no easy fix for tear in the disc. Other then spine surgery to remove the disc and fuse it or artificial disc replacement,

    Both of these surgeries are major spine surgery and sometimes makes situation worse if there is any complications with surgery,

    I had 1 tear at my l4l5 and finaly 8 years ago i went for the artificial disc replacement and ended up with nerve damage that is much worse then my previous condition,

    I think sometimes a tear can heal but i am not realy sure, Some drs have said if the stuff that leaks out of the disc leaks on the nerve it can fuse itself to the nerve and often very hard to remove it without causing damage to the nerve,

    This makes it hard to know and decide if surgery will be a benefit or not, Some might get lucky with surgery as some can get worse with other complications,

    I would look more in to cleaning up the stuff that might be touching the nerve if posible and try to save the disc if posible,

    There are new procedures i been reading about where they try to save the disc and thats what i would be looking for if i had a chance to do this all over again,

    Not sure if this helps but thats all i know about tear in the disc, And drs sadly dont know how to fix many conditions other then the surgery that dont always help,

    Best of luck and get more then1 opinion on whats the best option,
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • When I joined here this forum it was because I too had a L5-S1 annular tear and it was painful enough to cause me to stop working.

    I have found inferential treatments done at Physiotherapy or Chiropractor helpful in relieving some of the pain. I get no adjustments at the Chiropractor so just wanted to clarify that since my Chiropractor would not touch me with a herniated disc or annular tear. Massage therapy has helped and especially an infrared platinum heating pad that one Pain Management Dr. prescribed for me. My anular tear was not seen on my next MRI 15 months after. I find it helps when I'm sitting and during flare ups.

    The chemicals released from the tear can cause a lot of pain as well as discogenic pain. Don't give up hope that more research will be done and they will find solutions for these issues.

    Read here on what's helpful for chronic pain http://www.spine-health.com/forum/spine-health-announcements/blend Have you had a recent MRI if the pain has got worse? Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Wow, you have really been thru it. That is why I am so leary of surgery. I do not want to come out worse than before but I am not sure I can be on medication for ever either. It is a battle every day. Right now I am on morphine abd nucynta which do help quite a bit but I do not want to be on pain meds forever. I just dont know if there is another option right now until they come out with a surgery that will have more positive results..
  • Wow, you have really been thru it. That is why I am so leary of surgery. I do not want to come out worse than before but I am not sure I can be on medication for ever either. It is a battle every day. Right now I am on morphine abd nucynta which do help quite a bit but I do not want to be on pain meds forever. I just dont know if there is another option right now until they come out with a surgery that will have more positive results..
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