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left side disk bulging creates right side leg pain ??

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:26 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
MRI shows nerve pinch on left side but I have severe right leg/ pain. Anyone wit similar problems


  • dfrank - it's possible that the bulging disk has created some bilateral compression on the nerve roots, and therefore effecting both sides, but one more prominently. That was my case (L5-S1) but the most severe pain was on the right hip. The compression on the right side was obviously more severe than that on the left which only flared up depending on the way I was sitting or sleeping or after strenuous exercise.

    Good luck with resolving your pain issues.
  • I had lumbar fusion at L4-5 last Jan. for spondylolisthesis and stenosis. I feel much better but am having some sciatic pain that still keeps me from being able to walk very far, or stand more than a couple minutes.

    I still have a L5 foramen that is basically clogged up and is pinching the nerve. It is located on the left and almost all my pain is in my right leg. My doc attempted to explain to me why this is the case, but I cannot repeat it, and it didn't make a lot of sense to me, either.

    Also, MRIs do not do a good job of imaging nerves. Probably more is going on than is visible on the MRI.
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