I had surgery on my L5-S1 12 years ago. Seems it's back and has brought friends. I'm hunched over again, walking like I have a stick up my butt..with a cane, with my right sciatica zinging and my right calf muscle is not working. My Achilles reflex is gone and I don't have to tell anyone here of the pain.
I just saw someone last week and their impression of the MRI was a lot worse than the radiologist report. (In fact, I saw the tear at l4-l5 and so did the Doc, yet the radiologist didn't mention it.)
I'm deteriorating so fast and I'm afraid of permanent nerve damage. How long do I have before that happens?
I'm also worried that if they only, 'fix,' the herniation, won't the 2 disks above it continue to deteriorate and eventually herniate as well?
I feel like I'm shopping for a used car, with all the options out there, but this is serious back surgery.
I'm wondering if anyone has an opinion on fusion vs laser surgery? Has anyone had something similar and what did you end up doing? What were your results? thanks!
1. Small broad based right posterior disc protrusion at L5-S1 superimposed on concentric disc bulging at L5-S1
2. The disc protrusion at L5-S1 causes mild encroachment upon the right S1 nerve root within the right lateral recess.
3. Small posterior central disc protrusion superimposed on concentric disc bulging at L4-L5 with mild central canal stenosis at L4-L5.
4. Mild concentric disc bulging at L3-L4