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MRI question

I've had leg pain and lower back pain on the left side of my lower back. The pain has never been on the spine but to the left of the spine.. My Dr believed I had a disc issue so he had me get an MRI. The mri showed. 3cm herniation (not much of one) on my l5s1.. The question I have is, the mri shows the disc herniation is evenly herniated.. It does not press to the left or to the right, but my pain has been on my left side this whole time?

Is my disc herniation not the cause of my pain? I know how they happen often and don't cause pain, or does it not matter what way it pushes back?

Also, I've done every exercise to get the pain to centralize and it's never moved past the sacrum dimple/bump on my left side


  • KeytanKeytan Posts: 41
    edited 07/02/2013 - 8:43 AM
  • Have you had a standing x-ray? If not I'd ask for one... just to be sure there isn't a slight curvature that the MRI or a flat x-ray doesn't show.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
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