i have had numerous tests done mri,milogram,discogrom,bone scan and neurosurgeons say they can't help me. i have chronic - acute pain in my left leg,calf and lower back,both feet are numb and burning. my dicscogram showed S1- L2 as having streakes of dye going through them like a fractured rock. the best knowledge i've heard thus far is that from this web site explaining that after the annulous has been torn and the jelly inside (nucleus proposis) may be my problem. my question is how long can this last and should i look elsewhere for answers. 1 neurosurgeon wanted to cage 4 vertebrae which i didn't think was a good idea. any answers would be appreciated as i am still trying to figure out whats up after 1/2 yrs of pain. thanks in advance for any suggestions .