Also,what is the difference between a posterior disc bulge and an annulus disc bulge?
See if you can find a diagram of a vertebrae online if I confuse you. The foramin is an opening (the word means window) that is in all the vertebrae for your nerves to run down through. If you have stenosis in the right opening, you have tightening, making it tighten on the nerve. Impingement is pinching on the nerve. I found a web site that explain the annulus bulge. neurosurgeon.com/conditions/bulging.htm
It means you hurt!!! You have an impingement of your disk onto your nerve, which causes pain, possibly running down your leg. Stenosis is narrowing of your spinal column, another pain producer, which is actually arthritis. A good example is wearing a shoe 1/2 size too small. The nerves are trying to squeeze through an area that is smaller than it should be. Thus more pain. There is not difference between and annulus disc bulge or a posterior one. That means two different things. An annulus disc bulge means that the ligaments of you disc have opened, and the disc is "marginally impinging " on the disc, and the posterior means the back of the disc, vs. the front.
You might want to google these phrases, as they can explain it much better than I can :-)
Hello, skeeter b, I too have an L5 S1 stenosis. Or rather (Spinal Stenosis) whatever you want to call it. It has been very difficult to treat, due to the severity of the pain. I encourage you to look it up online and read about it, and take kaismama's advice. It's nothing pretty to deal with, I can vouch for that. Take care, and hope you find the answers your looking for, and also feel better too. Many blessings, Ruthie
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