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L5-S1 tear and disc herniation

The MRI showed that I have a tear at L5-S1 and a disc herniation. This happened when I fell from a 5 foot platform ladder. I as been 6 weeks now and nothing as helped with the pain in my back and legs. Also, the numbness that runs all the way to my feet. Also, have pain in my hips and groin area and sometimes even both of my ankles. I have my first injection this morning. I don't feel like it is going to help, because I think the tear is worst than they are telling me. I have looked at some actual MRI images and compared them to mine. It seems that the tear is around 6mm to 8mm. Does anyone have any thoughts or advice that they would like to share?


  • carlighccarligh Posts: 8
    edited 09/20/2012 - 12:01 PM
    I have posted a few times on these boards and I know it feels lonely if no one responds. I didn't see a response so I am just saying I hope you are much better by now. I have disc hernation at the same level and have had success with injections. However, I've already had 3 this year and I reinjured, so I'm hoping I can get another.

    Take Care.
  • MballardMMballard Posts: 101
    edited 09/27/2012 - 2:01 AM
    You said that you don't think the injection will help, but how would you know that if it's your first injection? I think if you go into it with a negative attitude, the injection will fail. I've had so many injections, and have gotten little to no relief, yet every time I have another I think to myself that this will be THE ONE. Mind over matter and all that. If I go into it already thinking negative thoughts, then I've failed before I've even begun.

    I realize this is an older post and by now the original poster has had the injection already. Hopefully it helped.
    L5-S1 Fusion, Discectomy on 7/10/12
    Herniated Discs at L3-L4-L5-S1, Spondylosis, Spondylolethesis at L5, DDD, Partial CES, Lumbar Facet Arthropathy
    Chronic back pain since 12/2010 (slip and fall on ice)
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