As some of you may know, I had my MRI last Friday. I have had severe pain since last June, however, since then I have been getting better very slowly. The appointment with the neurosurgeon was scheduled for next Tuesday but his office called today and said he wants to see me tomorrow to discuss surgery.
The results are:
A massive L4/5 disc protrusion is present, posterior and slightly asymmetric to the right. This results in marked compression of the thecal sac, to 3mm in AP dimension.
A small posterior annular tear is noted in the L5/S1 disc with a tiny central disc protrusion. No associated stenosis.
Remainder of lumbar discs are normal.
IMPRESSION: Massive L4/5 disc protrusion.
Just wondering if there are any thoughts on waiting to see if I get better on my own or is surgery the only answer. And if surgery is required, any thoughts on what the surgery will be? Has anyone had this type of back problem, and if so, what was done?
Are there any questions I should be asking the neurosurgeon?