Ruptures VS Bulging Discs
I'll try to make a long story short. In 2006 I had a rupture @ L5-S1, with horrid sciatica all the way to my foot including buttocks, leg, bottom of right foot, and the worst pain behind my rt. ankle bone. I had a Neurosurgeon do my surgery and I thought I was good til about 1 yr. ago. My pain came back with a vengence! After many complaints to several Drs. I finally found one who listened and ordered an MRI with & without contrast. Results according to the Radiologist who read my films is I have another herniation at my initial surgical site with severe scar tissue, plus thickened ligamentum flavum, compressing my the nerve root, PLUS the 3 discs above it are also ruptured. I took films and report to my Neurosurgeon and he says the 3 above are not ruptured but are bulging?!?!?! I feel crushing pain ib my lower back almost like it is collapsing on me. My Neuro Dr. said I only need to have L5-S1 done... that the other 3 pose NO problem nor will they. I do not understand why the Radiologist reports they are ruptured but my Neuro Dr. says no! Anyone had similiar descrepencies?? Thanks and good luck to all of you.