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discogram shows 3 tears----help please

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,008
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:28 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Got results from a discogram, basically shows 3 annular tears starting at L2-L3 through L5-S1. The biggest issue in pain causer is L4-L5. Causing branding iron right buttock pain all the time when I'm awake. As a side note , my body is lacking immunity right now, I think from having to fight chronic pain all the time the past 2 years without proper pain management. Anyways I have left sideed pneumonia with a fever 102-103.8 the past 4 days. I am really tired of being sick all the time. I really was a "normal" person until 2 years ago when i hurt myself while on a run.So will see a neurosurg. tomorrow if my fever is gone. Any ideas, treatment,or surg with 3 tears???? I have had multiple inj, PM doc,s,PT,Chiro, accupuncture and worked up for piriformis Any input would be greatly appreciated-thanks-


  • I can't imagine having pneumonia along with back problems at the same time. I don't know how you're getting by, but I hope you get over it soon. You mentioned you aren't getting adequate care from your pain clinic-is it possible to find another one? Do you have any medication or are they just wanting to do injections? I hope your fever goes away so that you can make it to your neurosurgeon appt. so that something can be done to get you feeling better. I'm not familiar with annular tears but I do know some people have surgery for it. Your doctor may try more injections and nerve blocks for it. Do they have you on a nerve medication for the radiating pain?
  • I had 3 annular tears also. They did not find mine for 2 1/2 years after all the injections,tests etc. I would ask for some type of pain releif first of all. As far as the tears, I had a two level fusion and discectomy becasue of two were pain generators. The third they are going to watch because my Dr said that the more levels they do at one the greater failure rate for sucessful fusion. I am 8 weeks out and am hoping that this takes most of my pain away. I know there are other options than fusion, I hope you have a good neurologist and he can tell you what your options are. Maybe you will have different than me. Keep us posted as to what you find out.Good Luck
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