Hello Everyone. I am new to the forum and could certainly use advice and support. My back problems started in Jan 07 upon which I ruptured my L5/S1 which produced a large free floating fragment. This created great pain along with some foot drop with my left foot. I underwent epidurals and PT for 8 weeks and made great improvement. My nuero said surgery wasn't necessary and I did very well for two years.
In September 2010, I was in a very bad car accident which resulted in some major injuries which required thoracic surgery. In March of this year, I started feeling great numbness and burning in my left thigh and around my waist. No weakness to report of. A MRI in June showed mild/moderate DDD (44 years old)at all levels whith a large disc bulg with annular tear at L2/L3. After injections and PT over the summer, I saw my nureo this week. He really wasn't enthusiastic about going after this disc bulge since I do not have weakness in the leg. He also stated there was a 20% chance surgery may make the spine unstable at this area. The burning and numbness in my thigh is making my life miserable and I can't live with this forever. He prescribed Nuerotin and said we would discuss surgery in 12 weeks. Has anyone else had similiar problems with this level? Any advice on this?