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L5/S1 Annular tear

M QuaizMM Quaiz Posts: 1
edited 05/20/2014 - 12:17 PM in Lower Back Pain
Hello, I'm a 30 y/o male, T10 paraplegic and I was recently diagnosed with an L5/S1 annular tear.

I had a real hard time getting it diagnosed because I don't have much sensation below my waist. Now that I know what it is, I'm quite concerned.

About 5 months ago I started to have radiating right leg (visceral) pain and my bladder suddenly got too spastic to pass a catheter. The tear was found on an MRI in early April.

I have a couple questions: Is it possible that the tear could cause irreparable damage to the peripheral nerves? Should the tear have healed by now, and if not, how long can I go without treatment at this stage? My doctors are very slow to do anything and I can't afford to lose more function.

Thank you.


  • LizLiz Posts: 8,835
    edited 05/21/2014 - 7:04 PM

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • hey there man. also a 30 y/o male with an annular tear with a moderate herniation in the L5/S1. I've had it for about 2 years. If the pain is getting worse and it sits on the nerve for too long than, yes, it can cause damage. Having said that my disc has been herniated for about 2 years, but the pain levels have gone down over time. My foot still has pain and numbness from time to time, so I'm headed back to the doc to check it out.
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