I'm posting this here because this has been really bothering me lately. Its been a while since I've been on here, life has a funny way of keeping me on lock down. Anyways I finaly got to see a real spine surgeon and this is what he told me.
I have an l5 s1 annular tear with a medium size bulg as well as degeneration. All of which I knew about already but hadn't been confirmed by a surgeon. Now this is what got me, he tells me this is normal wear and tear and that just about everyone goes through this and that I have 2 options. One i can do surgery (fusion or disc replacement) or two ride it out and hope and pray it gets better, all the while trying to me out to be a big ol baby for complaining about the pain I'm in everyday for the past 4 years! I wanted to knock his teeth in, but I just walked out. So now I don't know what to do, I've seen 2 surgeons a pm and 2 primary doctors and all of them say the same thing to me...hope and pray or surgery! I'm starting lose faith in the medical community
L5 s1 degeneration, annular tear and bulg with nerve compression. Dr says its normal wear and tear lol