I have three of them along with tears in the nuclei of each. Two of the discs are impinging on the nerve roots at the L4/L5 region which has caused severe nerve damage. I have constant nerve pain in my left leg which is actually worse than the back pain. Also, i have lost feeling in my left foot due to the nerve damage. May be irreversible.
Some of this might have been avoided if I had gone ahead with the lesser invasive surgery. Now, the only thing that might help is a full blown fusion which I 'm in no hurry to go through. My suggestion would be to go ahead with the more "minor " surgery before it gets worse.
I saw Dr. Kevin McCarthy at Bone and Joint Clinic in BR three times, twice for steroid injections. I would not recommend him.
The only person I would consider for my surgery is Dr. Horace Mitchell at Neuromedical Center in BR. I have been seeing him for about two years now, and would not trust anyone else. One of the most knowledgeable doctors with the best personality I've ever seen.
This post was edited on 10/11 at 2:10 am