Well it's now confirmed, my L4 nerve root is being compressed by a foraminal broad-based disc protrusion also minimally narrowing the spinal canal, with moderate disc space narrowing.
My L5 nerve root is also being squeezed by an end plate osteophyte encroaching in the left foramen, plus the disc collapse and slipping.
This all started with a 1993 back injury that led me to surgery in 1995 for a central and left sided L5-S1 disc herniation pinching the left L5 nerve root and also messing with my spinal canal. Since that surgery I was told I would need a fusion in 10 years. Well it's been 17 so far and the one reason I have been able to endure the slow progression is I never stopped moving. I work in the energy industry and walk or run on average 10 to 20 kms a day. Not to mention staying as fit as possible. That does not mean it has been an easy 17 years, not even close. I have had my moments of total leg paralysis, debilitating pain. Numbness, tingling, fluttering muscles, hot cold and wet sensations, gut wrenching stabs...make you vomit kind of pain (which is what I'm enduring now). It has been part of the reason my marriage failed many years ago. I used to be a meat cutter until that injury. Static standing was the worse for me and still is.
Now it's off for an MRI and an appointment with a surgeon.. Hopefully soon I am worried about permanent nerve damage.
Well that's a bit about myself.
On a happier note and of greater importance is the fact that we spineys have such a great resource and support network, right here at spine-health. You all rock.