Hi, this is my first post here.
I have suffered what I believed to be sciatic pain on and off for years. Currently i am unable to walk for any lengthy period of time. i am awake at night with pain down my left leg, i have numbness in my right foot almost constantly, pain predominantly on the balls of my right foot and toes. In the last month I have started to get swollen feet which worsens the more I move around. I get a variety shooting pains in the lower part of my body. The symptoms have worsened considerably in the last 10 days and i have become quite debilitated quite quickly. I have sought a range of advice from physio, podiatrist and GP.
CT Scan of lumbar spine was normal apart from:
L3/4 Minimal disc bulge.
L4/5 moderate disc bulge with slight anterior indentation of the thecal sac. appearance suggests minor soft tissue canal stenosis at this level. exit foramina are clear. bones and joints appear normal.
A general practioner has told me today that i could not have sciatica because my reflexes in my leg/ankles are reacting normally and that the indications on my CT Scan are mild and wouldn't cause any symptoms. He is now suggesting i get a CT Scan of my head to check I haven't got tumour which is causing the symptoms.
I am having trouble believing this theory. I am wondering what others make of the info in the CT Scan