My question is:
I am 34 years old and started having back problems in 2000,it is a w/c injury. First i had two herniated disks at L-4 L-5S-1,at the time I had to go through the valley with my company doctor then he refered me to my nuero,I had a ct scan first followed by an mri.
He requested that I go through physical therapy first,so I did for 4 months.
The pain got much better,then I returned back to work just to get put back on the same job that started this all.
in just a short time I was no longer in good shape I returned back to the nuero,had yet another mri just to find that my condition had worsened,then he offered injections,at that time I didn't care as long as there was hope in being pain free.
I had three with no relief,then my nuero gave me a choice deal with it or surgery.
I chose to deal with it until I was unable to work,which wasn't long.
Then I had a disketomy at L-4 and L-5,my recovery was slow took me 4 months to get feeling good again,the surgery was a success,i was pain free.
Not for long one month upon returning back to work the pain was back,but worse than ever before,not only was the pain in my left leg but now in both legs radiating down to my toes,went back to nuero,another MRI,another bulging disk at L-5 S-1,at this time he said not bad enough for surgery,so physical therapy again but with no luck,I asked for pain management I was denied,continued working with restrictions.
The pain got worse went back to nuero had another MRI,the results the same except gotten worse with an added annular tear.
I asked for my options,he replied that surgery wasn't an option since there was an annular tear.
?Why cant they fix annular tears????
So now I am in pain management,three more blocks no help.
I am taking nuerontin 800mg four times a day,and awaiting different pain med since last perscription for methadone didn't settle with me allergic to it took it first day spent the rest of the week in the hospital with a tube down my throat yuck.
ANy help with the question on annular tears would clearify.