Hello, I am new to this forum and have been in severe pain for the last three months. After many doctors, MRS, CT scans, etc. etc. I was diagnosed with annular tears. I've had two epidural steroids injections which did nothing. I just has a procedure called PLDD (Percatanous Lader Disk Decompression) with no relief. I'm currently taking pain meds, eating well, taking vitamins and protein drink. Does anyone know if annular tear heal with time (a lot of time)? I cannot do anything and was once very active. This is been life changing and I have never experienced pain at this level. I've had on and off back pain for years. In 1999 I had a microdisectomy on L5/S1. The annular tears are at L4/L5 and L5/S1. Am I alone, sure feels like it sometimes. Thanks for any feedback.View Thread
I have seen several pain management doctors and neurosurgeons. The doctor that did the PLDD procedure was a spinal surgeon specialist with over 30 years of experience as a spinal surgeon. I had a discorgram and CT scan confirm the tear. I am not sure what caused mine but can remember a certain event during which time it could have happened. I would seek a physiatrist for my mental well-being as the ongoing pain has caused major depression.View Thread
Thank you. I have seen several pain management doctors but they weren't physiatrists as well. Actually I was going to seek physiatrist help because I know I need help with depression to get through this.View Thread
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