I am going to add this question to my list for the surgeon, but I thought I would ask you guys here, hoping someone might know what is going on.
I have DDD in L4/L5 and L5/S1. According to my MRI, I don't have a herniation or stenosis (no nerve impingement). But I definitely have nerve pain. It is a stinging/burning pain that goes down into my thigh, my lower leg, and into my feet, and sometimes some slight numbness (at the skin level - more like desensitization).
Can nerve pain come from the discs themselves? If so, can someone explain how that might happen?