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Results from my latest MRI showed posterior annular tear centrally with a dash of mild facet arthropathy in the L-5/S-1 area. My general practitioner noted that the disc tear is "more than likely cause of pain. Will heal, can take a long time."

I first experienced the pain in the summer of 2003 while I was a mile into a 2 mile run and it had been sporadic up until I had ACDF for a disc herniation at C-6/C-7 in December 2004. It has been steady since then but never radiating (I count my blessings every day my sciatic nerve is not impinged after experiencing radiating pain from C6-C-7). I was on vicodin 5/500 for about a week and then put on 50mg tramadol when the physician would not refill.

Age: 36
Height: 6'
Weight: 187 lb

Question: How long should one expect this thing to heal or am I in for another herniation?