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Surgical option for lumbar annular tear?

schlackasschlacka Posts: 1
edited 10/13/2015 - 8:36 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I have had 2+ years of worsening low back pain right side down leg into foot with tingling..also pain in quad and knee. I have had 2 MRI latest was last year/9 months ago..had discogram a few days ago that showed annular tear L5-S1. Please tell me there is some kind of surgical intervention for this. I can not take this pain anymore.. I have done it all-Chiro, PT, TENS, acupuncture, pain meds, etc etc..I have had it too long and it is just getting worse. It is worse since last month. I have follow up next week to discuss options.. when I do research for treatment for this I don't really find too much. The IDET is not covered by my insurance.


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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    edited 10/14/2015 - 6:01 AM
    You found a great site for information!

    If you use the search on this site, upper right on page, and type in your concern, ex: annular tear L5- S1..... you may be led to older posts, articles and videos that may be informative to you.

    SH video library is huge, and I often find them my preferred mode of information.

    As you research, you will probably have more questions. I sometimes will continue to research, but often times I add it to my little list of questions for my doctor.

    Also, using search, there is a post titled...what to bring to consultation...that may also be beneficial in helping you with questions and better understanding of your situation.

    Especially at the beginning of my search for source of my pain, I would bring along family member or friend to doctor visit.
    I had my questions, but friend would take notes of the visit.
    Even if I understand everything said during doctor visit, I found it difficult to recall all the information he provided me.

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