It's been quite some time since I've posted last. A little about myself :
L3-4 partial annular tear posteriorly
L4-5 focal full thickness annular tear posterolaterally on the left associated with a disc herniation in the inferior neural foramen
L5-S1 full thickness annular tear posterocentrally and to the right of midline associated with a disc herniation with right S1 nerve root encroachment. This is associated with a disc bulge. There is mild neural foraminal encroachment bilaterally.
I've tried every conservative approach available to help with the low back pain. I finally saw an awesome spine doctor who recommends I have a microdiscectomy. I'm not really sure what to do. I still get around OK and work everyday although I do have chronic pain. I also have tingling in my left calf and foot. I am up for a promotion to the investigations bureau at my dept. and think that I may have to decline because of the back issues. I am so down about the whole thing. Thanks to all for listening and for all the insight you provide on this forum.