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What Causes Annular Tears In The Disc Spaces At L4-5 And L5-s1
I just received the results of my MRI which reads: DDD in the lumbar spine with slight sparring at L3-4. There is an annular tear in the disc space at L4-5 and L5-S1. There is a small left sided disc herniation at L4-5 causing mild impression on the thecal sac. There is a small right-sided disc herniation at L5-S1 causing mild impression on the thecal sac and slight impression on the right S1 nerve root. Just to give a little history...I had a bad fall back in March of 06 where I fractured my sacrum and wrist and have had back problems ever since. I also required carpal tunnel release surgery and a transposition of the Unlar nerve surgery and a TFCC repair in my wrist. It was a pretty hard fall. My questions is; did the fall cause the tears??? Or are the tears part of the DDD? In 2006 after my fall I was seeing a Clinical pain management doctor who administered the spinal injection for the pain...two days later after suffering severe headaches I was told that I was leaking spinal fluid from the injection and was given a blood patch in the injection site to stop the leak. Needless to say I never returned for another injection. I am currently taking steriods, vallium and percocet for the pain after an ER visit on Wednesday. Where do I go from here? Any advice through experience would be greatly appreciated.
Hello Marlosmom....I am so sorry to hear about your back issues...mine are nothing in comparison! I surely wish you well! In an effort to continue conservative treatment I visited an Ortho doctor from the Rothman Institute today. I was given prescriptions for Lidoderm patches...which is (Lidocaine)…percocet...Skelaxin (for spasm to be taken during the day) and Tizanidine for spasm to be taken in the evening. The doc also gave me an injection of cortisone in the most painful area of my lumbar...he also ordered a tens unit and scheduled me for a lumbar epidural on Feb. 1st. Have you had any experiences with the drugs I’ve listed? I sincerely hope your procedures were most successful and you are pain free. Perhaps we can chat again?
Take care,