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Does L5-S1 herniated disc and annular tear ever heal without surgery?

charryccharry Posts: 5,660
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:24 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hi Everyone, I had trigger injections 6 weeks in a row and 1 epidural on Thursday. It's been since February that my MRI showed herniated L5-S1 and nerve impinging and annular tear and have been off work since. I was blown off by one ortho surgeon. I'm going for 2nd opinion in late January. I know I may need surgery and PM Doctor agrees. Is it possible the symptoms, like pain disappear after awhile? Or is it necessary to get back surgery in all cases? Thanks. Have a less painful day everyone. Charry
DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN


  • In most cases, if a disk is gonna heal itself, it would do so within the first six months. That being said, your symptoms as you described them appear to be related to the nerve being impinged by the disk. I had a similar problem and was told by an ortho that I was not a surgical case and I followed up with a neuro who has vast experience with nerve impingement. With the neuro, I have had two surgeries( the disk reherniated) and my sciatica is virtually gone. But be advised that anytime they go in, there are risks. All in all, I suggest that you see a neurosurgeon just so you gain an idea of all the options you have.

    Good luck.
  • do not want to operate on an annular tare. I had one and I can tell you that it caused severe pain for me. I had an endoscopic microD and laser surgery to repair it. You may want to get a few more opinions. Good luck and please keep us posted.
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