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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


  • Yes I have herniated disc right side and bad leg on the left tingling numb, pain,spasms. okay on the right side! Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • MRIs do not show everything and can often miss tears in discs. The disc material that leaks out if you have a tear is very irritating to nerve roots and you don't know which way the material leaks out. That could potentially explain opposite leg pain.

    Lots of folks assume MRIs are the gold standard and while they are good tools, you have to remember to treat the patient and not the machine(or what the machine says.) They often do not show things. If your doctor feels it is warranted, many neurosurgeons consider a discogram to be the gold standard to identify nerve root compression.
  • Did you have contrast for that MRI?
    On the sunny and mild Central Coast of California

    L4-L5 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy June, 2007
    L5-S1 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy May, 2008
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