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L5/S1 Annular tear

M QuaizMM Quaiz Posts: 1
edited 05/20/2014 - 12:17 PM in Lower Back Pain
Hello, I'm a 30 y/o male, T10 paraplegic and I was recently diagnosed with an L5/S1 annular tear.

I had a real hard time getting it diagnosed because I don't have much sensation below my waist. Now that I know what it is, I'm quite concerned.

About 5 months ago I started to have radiating right leg (visceral) pain and my bladder suddenly got too spastic to pass a catheter. The tear was found on an MRI in early April.

I have a couple questions: Is it possible that the tear could cause irreparable damage to the peripheral nerves? Should the tear have healed by now, and if not, how long can I go without treatment at this stage? My doctors are very slow to do anything and I can't afford to lose more function.

Thank you.
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