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Can someone please tell me what is a posterior central disc protrusion... I am assuming posterior mean the back of the spine.. A central disc protrusion means that the central part of the disc is protruding straight back, not to either side? If so is this more dangerous to do surgery on? I also have a "posterior annular tear at the same vertabrae... I need help understanding this. I do have horrible pain in my back but it seems to radiate and burn in my left buttocks and down my left leg.. My buttocks and upper back of my thigh burns but the lower calf and outside of my foot cramps and twitches alot epecially when lying down... I am totally confused.. I am seeing a spine specialist to review my old MRI results and compare to the MRI he has ordered
[QUOTE=jww0310;4331879]Can someone please tell me what is a posterior central disc protrusion... I am assuming posterior mean the back of the spine.. A central disc protrusion means that the central part of the disc is protruding straight back, not to either side? If so is this more dangerous to do surgery on? I also have a "posterior annular tear at the same vertabrae... I need help understanding this. I do have horrible pain in my back but it seems to radiate and burn in my left buttocks and down my left leg.. My buttocks and upper back of my thigh burns but the lower calf and outside of my foot cramps and twitches alot epecially when lying down... I am totally confused.. I am seeing a spine specialist to review my old MRI results and compare to the MRI he has ordered[/QUOTE]


You pretty well have hit the nail on the head and answered your own question. It is not more dangerous than any other disc surgery. The annular tear is a tear in the material that holds the disc in place and the leaking material can fall on the nerves and cause the awful leg pain you describe.

It sounds like you have a dr. that is doing the right stuff....but if surgery is in the picture, you would do well to get a second opinion. When you have to undergo spinal surgery it is important to be absolutely sure the right thing is being done.

I hope you will let us know how you are doing.

Carol





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