I am curious as to what you-all might think of any possible future treatment I may be headed for. I had a herniated lumber disk approx. 12 years ago and recently re-injured it at work along with a cervicla disk impingement. The cervicle issue was fixed with a fusion in Feb 2008, but I sustained a horrible small annuler tear in the lumbar disk while recovering from the neck surgery.
By horrible, I mean the disk released massive amounts of irritant into my spinal canal causing my spine to move and become temporaraly curved (It's called Temporary Painful Scoliosis). I was not able to take or receive any anti-inflammatory medicane due to my neck still fusing so it took about 12 weeks for the pain to become manageable. My spine has pretty much moved back into place and the pain is low after my first lumbar injection.
First concern - My spine surgeon stated surgery wasn't being planned because I still have most of my disk except for a little bit of thinning, but the PM doctor stated surgery might happen if the epidurals don't help. This is confusing. I have already completed twelve weeks of PT so far this year
Second concern - I have been told the disk has a small annular tear causing the bulk of the pain. My spine surgeon stated it should heal enough within 18 months to get back most of my pre-herniation abilitys. Do you all think the same way or do you think it's going to progress into needing back surgery?
I still can only lift about 10 pounds max. and can't lean over hardly. I definatly can't twist at all and can work ok if I don't sit or stand for long periods of time.
WHAT OTHER SURGICAL TREATMENTS ARE AVAILBLE TO STABILIZE A ANNULAR LUMBAR TEAR? THANKS FOR THE GREAT SITE PEOPLE.