Hey everyone. I am considering scheduling surgery 4-5 months from now and Im looking specifically for success stories from people who were suffering from an annular tear and chronic low back pain/disability *without* a significant herniation or sciatic pain. I haven't been able to dig up many testimonials of this, yet many docs speak as if it is a fairly common surgery performed. Most examples i can find had a herniation and/or sciatic pain involved which i have also experienced and understand to be completely different type of pain than what i have now. I have read things that seem "too good to be true" like patients feeling back to normal the same day and ive also read such things as it causing disc destabilization and failed back surgery. What are the forums thoughts and experiences? Thank you!