Hi , Great web site !
I am 42 years old , 22 year history of lumbar back pain (across top of buttocks into hip)
recent acute episode last 6 weeks,
half of which has included sciatic pain in leg , foot
MRI shows 2cm sequestrated disc fragment L4/5 causing 'significant' compression of thecal sac and L5 nerve root, mild compression of L4 nerve root, large tear in annulus.
L5S1 has small tear , mild bulging.
I have not had much in the way of numbness in the leg...
At the moment im taking painkillers and am somewhat dependent on others,
I'm due to see a surgeon on the 26th Feb, but would love to hear from others who have knowledge about this type of disc injury and whether it may be possible to ride it out without surgery (apparently the body can deal with the fragment over time, but not super keen to put up with it unless it gets progressively better over time)
Also I'd like to be better informed about what sort of procedure might be involved with my situation....
all the best