Before I ask, if there are any miss spelled words apologize, I'm on my phone at work.
Ill give a brief summary of history and then ill ask my question, I wasn't to sure where to ask this question but since it mostly. Has to do with surgery I fgured this is the best place for it.
I'm 31 years old I have ddd at l5 s1 which is also bulging with an annular tear. When the injury first happened I had to wait 2 years to get the actual diagnosis. I have pretty severe siatica that runs down my left leg, loss of feeling in my big toe on my left foot and the pain...well you know. The injury happened in 2009, got my first mri done in 2011 that showed the l5 s1 bulg at l5 s1 and the annular tear. They told me I wasn't an injury that needed surgery yet. So I didn't the esi injections and pt and got very little relief from it. the pain I feel and the problems I have suggest I have or had some type of nerve issue but since they couldn't see it on the mri they made me feel like I wasn't in the pain that I am most definitley feeling. So I had another mri done by my ortho surgeon in febuary of this year which showed everything stated above but they also saw they also found ddd this time which wasn't there before and told me since its been so long between mris and there is no improvement in my injury and is now degenerating I can either have surgery done or deal with it. 3 surgeons an pm's later all say the same thing.
My question is could I have damaged the nerve in those first 2 years and it not show up on the mri? I'm still young and don't want to do surgery but with the way I've been feeling the past year its starting to sound better and better everyday. The ultimate question is, when would be a good time to consider this type of surgery?, fusion or disc replacement? Please don't pay any mind to my signiture either for some reason when I update it, itgoes back to the original
L5 s1 degeneration, annular tear and bulg with nerve compression. Dr says its normal wear and tear lol