Ok, so y'all know I had an MRI of my lumbar spine. I have severe pain in my right hip, and down my right leg to my knee. Occasionally I get mild pain in my left hip. Sometimes strange sensations shooting down my left leg... not really painful, almost a funny bone sensation.
I've been told now by more than one doctor that I shouldn't be having pain in my right leg at all. I should be having it all in my left, because that's where the bulge and herniation are pressing. I am not a doctor, and have no experience reading MRI results, however, it does appear to me that there are issues with nerves on the right side also... not just the left. I'm going to post the MRI results again. I am hoping someone here can look at it, and tell me I'm not crazy.
The vertebrae are normally aligned. The heights of the vertebral bodies are maintained. Disc desiccation and intervertebral disc space narrowing is present at L4-L5 and L5-S1.
The cous medullaris is in normal position and demonstrates normal morphology. The cauda equina has a normal appearance.
L3-L4: There is mild bilateral facet hypertrophic degenerative change. Subchondral cysts are seen adjacent to the left facet joint.
L4-L5: There is a diffuse disc bulge with an annular tear. This contacts the exiting right L5 nerve root and causes lateral displacement of the left L5 nerve root. There is mild bilateral foraminal narrowing.
L5-S1: There is a central disc herniation which contacts both exiting S1 nerve roots. There is minimal central canal stenosis.
It says there is contact at right L5 nerve root, displacement of left L5 nerve root. And the Herniation contacts both exiting S1 nerve roots. Why are they telling me that I shouldn't have pain in the right leg? What are they getting that from?? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.