I've been suffering from a 3.5mm disc bulge and annular tear in my L5S1 for about a year and a half now. I had an Mri in June 2014 from an injury showing a 3 mm disc bulge at the L5S1 with no nerve compression. I was on anti-inflammatories for 3 months and didn't get much relief (also doing PT during this time). I stuck with PT and tried 2 epidural shots which did absolutely nothing. Had a facet block and again, no relief. A year of living with this pain, I got another Mri which showed the same 3.5 mm disc bulge at L5S1 and now a very small 1mm bulge at the L4. Feeling like I've been getting progressively worse over the year, I was suggested to get a discogram. The discogram proved that my L5S1 inflicted unbearable pain and also showed an annular tear at that level. Now I have options and I'm completely lost. One neurosurgeon suggested a disc replacement of my L5S1. Another neurosurgeon suggested a micro discectomy and if that didn't work, then a fusion. I've heard really awful things about fusions causing other discs to degenerate. I want to give the micro discectomy a shot but I really just want this to be over with and not have to go through the recovery to find out I will need another surgery. I'm heartbroken at how this has ruined my life. I'm only 21 and I can't imagine living another year with the pain that I've been dealing with. So I'm hoping someone out there may be able to offer some advice on what surgery worked for them and their experience. I'm having a hard time finding someone with a L5S1 huge, L5S1 tear (minimal bulge in L4) and with no leg pain.